Actress Rachel Brosnahan led a chorus of celebrities outraged by the Highland Park shooting, saying the carnage of her hometown at the 4th of July parade made her “sick” and insisting that “enough is enough”.
Six people died on Monday when a gunman opened fire from a roof before fleeing. Police are looking for local man Robert Crimo, 22, who they describe as a person of interest. He’s still on the run.
The affluent community, with a large Jewish population, was home to Michael Jordan when he played for the Chicago Bulls; actor Ken Olin; and musician Richard Marx.
It was also the location for scenes from Home Alone, McCallister’s home seven miles from filming in nearby Winnetka, and scenes from Risky Business, the 1983 film for which Tom Cruise was nominated.
Brosnahan, 31, the star of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, has lived in Highland Park since he was four years old.
Rachel Brosnahan, 31, has lived in Highland Park since she was four years old and said the shooting “made her sick”.
“I grew up in Highland Park and this parade is the highlight of the year for so many families,” he tweeted.
I feel sick to my stomach every time news like this comes out, but I don’t want you to have a pit in your stomach when you call your family and friends to make sure everyone is okay with someone. Literally.’
The suspect has been identified as 22-year-old Robert ‘Bobby’ Crimo III. He’s from the Highland Park area.
He tweeted a link to the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety, adding: “Enough, enough.
Olin, 67, the star of Thirtysomething and This Is Us, also calls Highland Park home.
“My hometown,” he tweeted. “I went to this parade every year when I was a kid.
“My heart breaks for all the children in our country who will grow up afraid to celebrate with the crowd of happy people.”
Marx, 58, who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, said he still makes sure his friends and family are safe.
I grew up in Highland Park. I am actively helping to check the welfare of the people I know who are still there,” he tweeted.
“My heart is always broken by these constant mass shootings wherever they happen, but today I am deeply saddened. And for a lot of angry frivolity.
Actor Ken Olin grew up in Highland Park and said he attended the 4th of July parade every year as a child.
Singer Richard Marx also grew up in Highland Park and said he was “very heartbroken” and “very angry at the absurdity”.
Michael Jordan purchased seven acres of Highland Park property in 1991 and built a 56,000 square foot mansion on the site. It’s been on sale for the last decade, Jordan now lives in Florida.
Independence Day horror: A police officer bows his head in pain beside abandoned carts and chairs after a shooting in Highland Park, Illinois that left six dead
The aftermath of the scene in Highland Park on Monday after a gunman opened fire on the parade. Participants abandoned their chairs and strollers
A gory scene in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday after a gunman opened fire on a July 4th parade shortly after 10am.
Highland Park, a heavily Jewish area of 30,000 people 30 miles north of downtown Chicago, is one of the wealthiest communities in Illinois.
By some estimates, the territory’s Jewish population is about a third of its total population. Ha’aretz.
The median per capita income is $90,000.
Basketball star Jordan, 59, bought the seven-acre Highland Park property for $2 million in 1991, the same year he won the first of six NBA championships playing for the Chicago Bulls.
He built a 56,000 square foot home with his own features, including a #23 shirt on the door.
The home has nine bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, movie theater, cigar room, poker room, wine cellar and outdoor tennis court, plus a full-size basketball court.
Jordan, who now lives in Jupiter, Florida, put the property up for sale in March 2012 for $29 million. It was unsold and is still for sale, now listed at $14.8 million.
The average house in the area is $535,000, well above the Illinois average of $276,000 in May.
Highland Park is 90% white and well educated: 75% of the population has a college degree.
The parade started just 14 minutes before a sniper opened fire from a roof along the route. The shooting was followed by a stampede of people who had gathered in stores and cars. The parade was scheduled for one hour.
Source: Daily Mail