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Mass Shooting in Highland Park

At least six people were killed and 30 others injured after a gunman opened fire during Fourth of July celebrations in Highland Park, Illinois, a northern Chicago suburb, yesterday morning.


Initial reports say the shooter was positioned on a rooftop immediately overlooking a parade route, and fled in the ensuing chaos. By yesterday evening police had detained a suspect, 22-year-old Robert Crimo III, who was spotted by police in a nearby suburb. Details were still emerging as of this morning; officials have not identified a motive, though the suspect reportedly left a string of social media posts depicting mass violence. Information on the victims was not widely available as of this writing.


The attack follows a string of high-profile mass shootings, including those in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas. See a running database of recent mass shootings here.

Jayland Walker Shooting

Police officials in Akron, Ohio, released police body camera footage Sunday of a June 27 encounter and shooting of Jayland Walker, an incident that gave rise to a string of protests over the past week. 


According to reports, police attempted to stop the 25-year-old Walker for an unspecified traffic violation around midnight. Walker evaded the stop, leading police on a vehicular chase before fleeing on foot. Officers unsuccessfully deployed tasers before firing at Walker after they said he appeared to turn around while reaching for his waist.


The video shows eight officers opening fire and hitting Walker, who was Black, multiple times (see full chase footage, warning—very sensitive content). Officials claim Walker fired once from the vehicle during the chase, with officers believing him to be armed while on foot. No firearm was found on his body, though a gun was reportedly found in his vehicle. 


Mayor Dan Horrigan declared a state of emergency, canceling the city's Fourth of July fireworks event last night amid a curfew; Walker's family has made a number of calls for protests to remain peaceful. 

Russia Claims Luhansk

Russian forces captured the key Ukrainian city of Lysychansk, news which prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin to declare full victory in Ukraine's eastern Luhansk region. Analysts say Russia is likely to shift its focus to neighboring Donetsk, which together with Luhansk, makes up the Donbas region. 


A significant portion of the Donbas has been largely under the control of pro-Russian separatists since 2014. Control of the Donbas would allow Russia a landbridge to nearby Crimea, which it also invaded and annexed from Ukraine in 2014. See more on the Donbas region here.


In related news, the United Nations has reported more than 10,000 civilians have been killed or injured since the war began in February, including more than 4,700 civilian deaths. Officials say the true toll is likely higher.


See updates on the war here.

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> Pete Arredondo, the school district police chief in Uvalde, Texas, resigns city council seat amid ongoing scrutiny of his role in the response to mass school shooting that left 19 students and two teachers dead (More)



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