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In a news conference, a spokesman from the Lake County Major Crime Task Force provided more details about the gunman behind the mass shooting in Highland Park near Chicago on Independence Day. The spokesman said the shooter used a high-powered rifle similar to an AR-15 to fire more than 70 rounds from the rooftop of a commercial building. During the attack, said the spokesman, the shooter "was dressed in women's clothing...to conceal his facial tattoos and identity" and to blend into the fleeing crowd to evade capture. Further, investigators who have interrogated the suspect and reviewed his social media posts have not determined a motive for the attack, which they believe he planned for weeks. They have also not found evidence that the shooter targeted anyone by race, religion or other protected status.
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President Biden expressed "shock" by the "senseless" gun violence that took place in Highland Park today, near Chicago. In a statement, he said he's spoken with Governor Pritzker and Mayor Rotering, offering the "full support of the Federal government."
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The Texas Republican Party rebuked one of the state's Republican senators, John Cornyn, for his support of a bipartisan agreement on gun-safety legislation. Texas Republicans made the rebuke official in its 40-page party platform approved at its biennial convention. After condemning age restrictions, red flag laws, and waiting periods, the platform stated, "Whereas all gun control is a violation of the Second Amendment and our God-given rights, we reject the so-called ‘bipartisan gun agreement,’ and we rebuke [Sen.] John Cornyn (R-Texas)." The platform also promoted claims of election fraud in the 2020 presidential election, without providing evidence. "We believe that substantial election fraud in key metropolitan areas significantly affected the results in five key states in favor of Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.," it stated. "We reject the certified results of the 2020 Presidential election and we hold that acting President Joseph 1586 Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States."
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The Department of Justice filed a criminal complaint charging Payton Gendron with 26 counts of a federal crime, including ten counts of a hate crime, in connection to a mass shooting he's accused of committing in Buffalo, New York, on May 14. The complaint alleges that Gendron opened fire at Tops Friendly Market, killing ten and injuring three in a racially motivated attack. The Justice Department further alleges that Gendron's motive was to "prevent Black people from replacing white people and eliminating the white race," according to a statement, and to inspire others to commit similar attacks. If convicted, Gendron faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment or the death penalty. The statement also noted that Gendron is currently in state custody pending state criminal charges.
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In a statement, President Biden expressed support for a bipartisan Senate gun safety proposal to address gun violence in the United States. "I want to thank Senator Chris Murphy and the members of his bipartisan group — especially Senators Cornyn, Sinema, and Tillis — for their tireless work to produce this proposal," said Biden. "Obviously, it does not do everything that I think is needed, but it reflects important steps in the right direction, and would be the most significant gun safety legislation to pass Congress in decades."
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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas issued a National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin concerning the continued heightened threat environment across the U.S. It is the sixth bulletin issued by the department since January 2021 and will expire November 30. It replaces the current bulletin that was set to expire today. In the coming months, the bulletin states, "We expect the threat environment to become more dynamic as several high-profile events could be exploited to justify acts of violence against a range of possible targets. These targets could include public gatherings, faith-based institutions, schools, racial and religious minorities, government facilities and personnel, U.S. critical infrastructure, the media, and perceived ideological opponents."
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New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a series of gun reform bills to "strengthen the state's gun laws, close critical loopholes exposed by shooters in Buffalo and Uvalde and protect New Yorkers from the scourge of gun violence," read a statement from the governor's office. Among other aims, the ten-bill legislative package will ban the sale of semiautomatic rifles to anyone under 21 by requiring a license, prohibit the purchase of body armor, make threatening mass harm a crime, enhance information sharing between agencies, and require social media platforms to provide a mechanism for users to report hateful conduct. "This is a moral moment for the people of New York, but also the rest of the nation," said Hochul at the signing. "Follow what we did here in New York, and we'll finally start to be at the beginning of the end of all this gun violence and the massacres that are occurring every day in our country."
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The Department of Justice announced it will conduct a review of the law enforcement response to the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting. The Critical Incident Review comes at the request of Uvalde's mayor, Don McLaughlin. In a statement, the Justice Department said, "The goal of the review is to provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events."
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In a vote, Republicans blocked the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act from passing in the Senate. The vote broke down along party lines, 47-47. The legislation would have created an interagency task force within the Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to analyze and combat white supremacist infiltration in the military and federal law enforcement agencies. Before the vote, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer said, "The bill is so important because the mass shooting in Buffalo was an act of domestic terrorism. We need to call it what it is, domestic terrorism."
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