2 indicted in migrant death-trailer case that left 53 dead
Two men were indicted Wednesday in the case of a hot, airless tractor-trailer rig found last month with 53 dead or dying migrants in San Antonio, officials said. A federal grand jury in San Antonio indicted Homero Zamorano Jr., 46, and Christian Martinez, 28, both of Pasadena, Texas, on counts of transporting and conspiring to transport migrants illegally resulting in death; and transporting and conspiring to transport migrants illegally resulting in death; and transporting and conspiring t resulting in serious injury. Both remain in federal custody without bond pending trial.
The young man accused of carrying out a mass shooting at a suburban Chicago Fourth of July parade, killing seven people and injuring dozens of others, has been indicted on 117 counts, prosecutors in Lake County, Illinois, said Wednesday.
Robert "Bobby" Crimo III is charged with 21 counts of first-degree murder (three counts for each victim) as well as 48 counts of attempted murder and 48 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm (for each person hit by a bullet, bullet fragment, or shrapnel), prosecutors said.
"Our investigation continues, and our victim specialists are working around the clock to support all those affected by this crime," Lake County State's Attorney Eric Rinehart said in a statement.
Pat Benatar won't sing famed 'Hit Me With Your Best Shot' song anymore in wake of mass shootings: 'I can't say those words out loud with a smile on my face'
"I'm not going to sing it. Tough," Benatar told USA Today of her 1980 smash song. "If you want to hear the song, go home and listen to it."Some of these terms might appear inconsequential, but they relate strongly to discussions on what type of guns and firearm accessories might be regulated more strictly or even banned. And some in the pro-Second Amendment camp have been known to mock people calling for new gun laws when they use incorrect firearm terminology.
© Cheney Orr/Reuters Police officers walk through the crime scene the day after a mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade in the wealthy Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Ill., July 5, 2022.
Crimo, 21, allegedly took his legally purchased high-powered rifle and opened fire from a roof, shooting people who were enjoying the Highland Park parade.
Crimo has not entered a plea. His arraignment is set for Aug. 3. © City of Highland Park Robert 'Bobby' Crimo III, a suspect in the shooting at the 4th of July parade shooting in Highland Park, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, is pictured in an undated photo released by law enforcement, July 4, 2022. MORE: Police determined Highland Park shooting suspect posed 'clear and present danger' after past threat
Authorities said they believe the mass shooting had been planned for weeks.
Parkland mass shooting jurors shown graphic victims' photos
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday showed jurors photos of the horrific damage the bullets fired by Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz's AR-15 rifle did to some of his 17 victims, causing extensive wounds to their heads, bodies and limbs. The jury also saw gruesome crime scene photos showing victims who died in their classrooms at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018, some falling on top of each other. It was an unusually graphic display in a U.S. courtroom as most of the nation's mass shootings never reach trial because the killer dies during or immediately after the attack.
Crimo told police he wore women's clothing during the shooting and used makeup to hide his facial tattoos and blend in with the crowd during the chaos, prosecutors said. Crimo was apprehended hours later and prosecutors said the 21-year-old confessed to the shooting.
After the shooting, the suspect's father, Bobby Crimo Jr., told ABC News he was "shocked," adding, "I had no -- not an inkling, warning -- that this was going to happen."MORE: What we know about the victims of the July 4 Highland Park parade shooting
"This isn't Bobby," he said. "I guess that's why it's so hard to wrap yourself around it. It doesn’t add up."
Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering last week pleaded with Congress to pass a federal assault weapons ban.
“Less than a minute is all it took for a person with an assault weapon to shoot 83 rounds into a crowd, forever changing so many lives," Rotering told the Senate Judiciary Committee. "And the most disturbing part, this is the norm in our country."
Federal gun charges for 2 accused of plotting July 4 attack .
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge dismissed state gun charges Wednesday against two men who police said planned a Fourth of July mass shooting in Virginia's capital after charges were filed against the men in federal court. Neither man has been charged specifically with planning a mass shooting. Julio Alvarado-Dubon and Rolman Balcarcel-Bavagas, both Guatemalan immigrants, were charged in state court last month with possession of a firearm by a non-U.S. citizen. Richmond police held a news conference to announce that they had thwarted a July Fourth mass shooting planned by the men.