Parade shooting suspect bought 5 guns despite threats
The man accused Tuesday of opening fire at an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago has legally purchased five weapons, including two high-powered rifles, despite authorities being called to his home twice in 2019 for threats of violence and suicide, police said. Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said the suspect, if convicted on all seven counts of first-degree murder, would receive a life sentence without the possibility of parole. conditional. A Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesperson said the alleged shooter, who was arrested Monday night, used a rifle ‘similar to an AR-15’ to spray more than 70 rounds from the top from a commercial building onto a crowd that had gathered for the parade in Highland Park, an affluent community of about 30,000 on the shore of Lake Michigan.