Pritzker, GOP rival weigh in on Highland Park parade massacre – Heart of Illinois ABC

HIGHLAND PARK (Heart of Illinois ABC) – Gov. JB Pritzker said he is furious following a mass shooting in Highland Park Monday morning that killed six people and injured 24 others attending a Fourth of July parade.

Pritzker and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth addressed reporters in the northern Chicago suburb, while Republican candidate for governor Darren Bailey said in a Facebook post that everyone should come together to address “rampant crime and mental health issues.”

Early Monday evening, authorities took into custody shooting suspect Robert Crimo III about five miles north of the shooting scene.

Pritzker praised law enforcement for running toward the gunshots to help the victims.

“The families of six individuals woke up today to join a community celebration of our nation’s independence. They will go to bed tonight less than whole. There are no words for the kind of evil that shows up at a public celebration of freedom, hides on a roof and shoots innocent people with an assault rifle. There are no words I can offer to lessen the pain of those families who will no longer associate the Fourth of July with celebration, but instead with grief.`”

The governor went on to say, “If you are angry today, I’m here to tell you to be angry. I’m furious. I’m furious that yet more innocent lives were taken by gun violence. I’m furious that their loved ones are forever broken by what took place today. I’m furious that children and their families have been traumatized. I’m furious that this is happening in communities all across Illinois and America. I’m furious because it does not have to be this way and yet we as a nation, well, we continue to allow this to happen.”

“There are going to be people who say that today is not the day, that now is not the time, to talk about guns,” said the Democratic governor.

“I’m telling you there is no better day and no better time than right here and right now,” he added.

State Sen. Bailey, the Republican nominee to unseat Gov. Pritzker, posted a statement on Facebook.

“Cindy and I are heartbroken by today’s tragedy and we pray for the victims and those grieving loss,” said Bailey.

“We hope we can all come together in prayer and action to address rampant crime and mental heath issues to ensure these horrific tragedies don’t happen again,” Bailey also said.

Sen. Duckworth, a Democrat, was with Pritzker in Highland Park.

“My heart goes out to the families who will never see their loved ones again and I join the entire Highland Park community in grieving their losses and wishing swift recoveries for the victims who survived,” Duckworth said.

The senator said, “Last month, Congress proved that bipartisan compromises on gun safety are possible. Today proved that we can’t stop there. We have to do more to keep our communities safe. We have to pass additional common sense reforms that wide majorities of Americans are crying out for—that six Illinoisans can no longer cry out for. I won’t let their memories be forgotten.”

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