Police: Parade shooting suspect contemplated second massacre in Wisconsin

Police say the suspect in a July 4 shooting in Highland Park turned back to Illinois after driving to Madison, Wisc. He was arrested.


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July 6, 2022 - 2:34 PM

Toppled over chairs, bottles of water and other belongings left by people fleeing the shooter along St. John Ave., near the scene of the shooting in Highland Park, Monday, July 4, 2022. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — The man charged with killing seven people at an Independence Day parade confessed to police that he unleashed a hail of bullets from a rooftop in suburban Chicago and then fled to the Madison, Wisconsin, area, where he contemplated shooting up an event there, authorities said Wednesday.

The suspect turned back to Illinois, where he was later arrested, after deciding he was not prepared to pull off a shooting in Wisconsin, Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli said at a news conference following a hearing where the 21-year-old man was denied bond.

The parade shooting left another American community — this time affluent Highland Park, home to about 30,000 people near the Lake Michigan shore — reeling. More than two dozen people were wounded, some critically, and hundreds of marchers, parents and children fled in a panic.

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