President Joe Biden issued a statement Monday following a deadly shooting at a July 4 parade in a Chicago suburb.
A gunman opened fire at the parade in Highland Park Monday morning, killing at least six people and injuring 24 more. Officials are still searching for the suspect.
Update: The suspect, Robert E. Crimo III, 22, was taken into custody Monday night, after an hours-long manhunt when a police officer pulled him over for a traffic stop.
In a statement, Biden said that he was “shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community,” and asked Highland Park residents to follow the guidance of local officials.
Read the full statement below:
Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day. As always, we are grateful for the first responders and law enforcement on the scene. I have spoken to Governor Pritzker and Mayor Rotering, and have offered the full support of the Federal government to their communities. I also surged Federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter, who remains at large at this time. Members of the community should follow guidance from leadership on the ground, and I will monitor closely as we learn more about those whose lives have been lost and pray for those who are in the hospital with grievous injuries.
I recently signed the first major bipartisan gun reform legislation in almost thirty years into law, which includes actions that will save lives. But there is much more work to do, and I’m not going to give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker asked for prayers for the families of the deceased and those injured in the shooting.
“There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community,” Pritzker said in a statement. “There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, their futures. There are no words I can offer to lift the pain of those they leave behind. Please know that our state grieves with you, that MK and I grieve with you.”