A witness to Monday’s July 4 parade shooting says he felt the first shot was a military salute before he noticed the situation and ran.
According to ABC7 Chicago, only a witness known as Alexander took part in the parade with his son. Robert Crimo III, 22, opened fire shortly after the procession began.
“I thought the navy was saluting the flag with a rifle but then I saw people running, I picked up my son and started running. I ran into a building, I tried to break the glass to go inside with my son and I couldn’t do it. Don’t break it, ”Alexander said. “It was horrible. When I went back, some people were shot on the ground … there was no target … someone was being shot.”
“You’re not safe anymore, you don’t want to take your kids to big parties. And you’ll always have it. Like when you’re in a car accident, it’s very traumatic,” he added.
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Crimeo claims that six people were killed and 30 were injured in the attack. He allegedly set the roof, ignoring the parade route.
The images show lawn chairs and strollers left on the street as parade-goers flee the scene.
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Crimo’s uncle, Paul Crimo, expressed strong sympathy for the victims, but said his nephew was shocked by the suspicion.
“I don’t see any signs that I’m going to do that,” Paul Crimo told Fox32. “If I had seen the signs, I would have said something.”
Paul further said that Crimo is “a true quiet boy.”
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“He keeps everything to himself, and he doesn’t express himself,” he explained. “So he just sits at his computer. There’s no communication between him and me.”