Highland Park parade shooting victims range in age from 8 to 85 years old, doctors say

Family members have started to identify victims

ByCate Cauguiran and Maher Kawash and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team via WLS logo
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
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Highland Park parade shooting victims range in age from 8 to 85 with four or five children shot, doctors said. Some killed have been ID'd by family.

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- Family members have started to identify some of the victims of the Highland Park parade shooting on July 4, which injured 31 people and killed six.

Highland Park police identified Robert "Bobby" E. Crimo as a person of interest in the shooting. He was taken into custody around 6:30 p.m. without incident Monday.

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Police said a suspect began shooting shortly after 10 a.m. Monday, stopping the parade just 10 minutes after it started. Law enforcement said they believe the suspect was firing on the crowd gathered to watch the parade from atop a tall building.

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Highland Park Hospital doctors said they received about 26 victims in the immediate wake of the shooting, 10 of which came in by ambulance. The shooting victims ranged in age from 8 to 85 years old and said at least four or five of the victims were children.

Five adults died on the scene, and one person died in a hospital, the Lake County Coroner's Office said.

Doctors said 25 of the 26 patients came in with gunshot wound injuries. Some of them were minor, others more severe, and several victims were in critical condition, doctors said.

Doctors said of those patients, 19 have been treated and discharged. The remaining have either been admitted at Highland Park Hospital or transferred for treatment at other area hospitals. They said two children remain in their care at the hospital, while another pediatric patient was taken to Evanston Hospital and yet another was taken by helicopter to Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago.

Officials have not yet identified victims who were killed in the shooting, but some family members have begun to do so.

Angel Toledo said his father Nicolas Toledo was killed in the shooting. He said his father and another family member were both shot when the gunman opened fire. The other family member, who Toledo said is a child, will be OK but his father Nicolas did not survive.

"My grandpa was a funny man. He'd always joke around and be playful with his grandkids," Angel said in a statement.

A local synagogue also announced one of their congregants did not survive. Her name is Jacki Sundheim.

The congregation released a statement about her, saying Jacki was a lifelong congregant and a cherished member of our staff team for decades.

"Jacki's work, kindness and warmth touched us all," they said.

There was a vigil Monday night to honor the shooting victims.

Four of the young men who spoke there were at Monday's parade, steps away from where the alleged shooter fired into the crowd. They came together at the synagogue together in faith and hope for those still recovering.

Doctors and law enforcement have not yet released further details about the identities of the other victims of the parade shooting.