Daughter of Highland Park victim says mother was shot in the chest in front of her


‘He shot her in the chest and she fell down’: Daughter, 22, of Highland Park victim describes how she had to ‘keep running’ as her mother died next to her because the shooter was still firing rounds in her direction

  • Cassie Goldstein, 22, wept as she recalled the moment her mother, Katherine, 64, was killed dead by accused Highland Park shooter Robert Crimo, 21
  • Cassie said she thought the gunshots were fireworks at first before seeing the gunman aim his weapon at children as he fired 70 rounds into the July 4 crowd
  • She said she watched her mother die and could do nothing but runaway
  • Including Katherine, eight were killed in the mass shooting and dozens injured as police arrested Crimo, who faces life in prison
  • Police found the 21-year-old was able to purchase two assault rifles and multiple guns despite being called by cops twice in 2019 for alarming behavior

The daughter of a Highland Park shooting victim has described the horrific moment her mother was shot in the chest, and then fell down dead beside her – but she was forced to continue running because the gunman was still firing shots in her direction.

Cassie Goldstein, 22, was watching the Fourth of July parade in the Chicago suburb with her mother, Katherine Goldstein, 64, when police said gunman Robert Crimo, 21, fired into the crowd.

‘I was standing there with my mom, and I heard what I thought were firecrackers firing into the street across from me,’ Cassie told NBC Nightly News . ‘And then I looked up and I saw the shooter shooting down at the kids.’

Cassie broke down as she described how her mother was struck by a bullet as they both tried to run for cover.

‘He shot her in the chest, and she fell down. And I knew she was dead,’ Cassie said. ‘So I just told her that I loved her, but I couldn’t stop because he was still shooting everyone next to me.’

Katherine was among the eight people killed in the massacre. Among them, were parents of a two-year-old boy now left orphaned.

Crimo appeared in court on Wednesday, where he was denied bond as he faces life in prison over the deadly shooting.   

Cassie Goldstein, 22, wept (above) as she recalled the moment her mother, Katherine, 64, was killed dead by accused Highland Park shooter Robert Crimo, 21

Cassie Goldstein, 22, wept (above) as she recalled the moment her mother, Katherine, 64, was killed dead by accused Highland Park shooter Robert Crimo, 21

Katherine, left, was among eight people killed following Monday's July 4 massacre in Highland Park, Illinois. She is pictured with her daughter at a graduation ceremony

Katherine, left, was among eight people killed following Monday’s July 4 massacre in Highland Park, Illinois. She is pictured with her daughter at a graduation ceremony

Robert 'Bobby' Crimo, 21, is expressionless in the photos that emerged on Wednesday morning. He is wearing a black t-shirt with his dark hair draped over one of his eyes. His cheek and neck tattoos are on full display.

Crimo is due in court this morning charged with seven counts of murder, but prosecutors say they intend to file more charges

Robert ‘Bobby’ Crimo, 21, is expressionless in the photos that emerged on Wednesday morning. He is wearing a black t-shirt with his dark hair draped over one of his eyes. His cheek and neck tattoos are on full display

Crimo, pictured attending court virtually on Wednesday, had his bond denied and will remain in custody until his next court date on July 25

Crimo, pictured attending court virtually on Wednesday, had his bond denied and will remain in custody until his next court date on July 25

Cassie said the shooting was traumatizing as she could do nothing to help her mother as Crimo fired more than 70 rounds from atop a local store at the parade attendees. 

‘I just kept running, and I hid behind a trash can,’ Cassie told NBC. 

When the shooting finally stopped, as police allege Crimo ditched his weapon and blended into the terrified crowd, Cassie went back to her mother and wept. 

‘She was just a good mom, and I got 22 years with her,’ Cassie said. ‘I got to have 22 years with the best mom in the world… I did everything with her. She was my best friend.’

Katherine’s husband told NBC: ‘She was really selfless, and seemingly always upbeat. She touched so many people in a positive way.’

Along with Katherine, the victims include Stephen Straus, 88; Jacki Sundheim, 63; Nicholas Toledo Zaragoza, 78; Eduardo Uvaldo, 69, and husband and wife Irina and Kevin McCarthy, 35 and 37. One of the victims has not yet been identified.

The McCarthys leave behind a two-year-old son, Aiden, who was found underneath his father’s body and wandering alone in the aftermath of the shooting.

Sundheim, a longtime teacher at the North Shore Congregation Israel synagogue, was shot and while attending the parade with her family, the synagogue announced in an email to congregants Monday night. 

Toledo Zaragoza was a beloved grandfather from Mexico. His family said he was shot in the head as he sat in his wheelchair, his blood splattering on them. 

An estimated 46 additional people were reported injured in the mass shooting. 

Steve Straus, 88 (right) was among the eight people who were killed during the Highland Park Fourth of July parade massacre

Steve Straus, 88 (right) was among the eight people who were killed during the Highland Park Fourth of July parade massacre

Irina and Kevin McCarthy, 35 and 37, were both killed in the massacre. Their two-year-old son, Aiden, was found wandering alone in the aftermath of the shooting

Irina and Kevin McCarthy, 35 and 37, were both killed in the massacre. Their two-year-old son, Aiden, was found wandering alone in the aftermath of the shooting

Nicolas Toledo, 76, had not wanted to attend the July 4th parade in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday, his granddaughter told the New York Times. But because of his disabilities that restricted him to a wheelchair, and his family's insistence of going, he obliged

Jacki Sundheim, a longtime staffer at North Shore Congregation Israel, was shot and killed when a gunman opened fire at the Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois on Monday

Nicolas Toledo, 76, (left) beloved grandfather from Mexico, Jacki Sundheim (right), a longtime teacher at the North Shore Congregation Israel synagogue, were also killed

The gunman opened fire at 10.14am on Monday, barely 15 minutes into the parade. He then fled the scene and hid throughout the day before eventually being arrested at 6.30pm in Lake Forrest, eight miles north of where the massacre unfolded

The gunman opened fire at 10.14am on Monday, barely 15 minutes into the parade. He then fled the scene and hid throughout the day before eventually being arrested at 6.30pm in Lake Forrest, eight miles north of where the massacre unfolded 

Robert 'Bobby' Crimo, 21, is facing seven counts of first degree murder following the July fourth parade shooting in Highland Park, according to state prosecutors

Robert ‘Bobby’ Crimo, 21, is facing seven counts of first degree murder following the July fourth parade shooting in Highland Park, according to state prosecutors

Crimo has been charged by the Illinois State’s Attorney’s office with seven counts of first degree murder.

The charges were announced in a news conference by the Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart the day after the July 4 parade shooting.  

Each charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without the chance of parole. 

In his remarks, Rinehart said that Crimo could be facing nearly a dozen further charges, including assault and attempted murder.

He said: ‘These are the first of many charges.’

During the conference, Rinehart did not speculate on the motive for the shooting.

The attorney did praise red flag laws and called for a nationwide ban on assault rifles.

He added that when Crimo makes his first appearance in court via Zoom on July 6, prosecutors will be asking for the suspect to be held without bail.

The suspect was being represented by high-profile defense attorney Thomas Durkin, who pulled out due to an unknown, last-minute conflict of interest. Now, Crimo will be represented by a public defender. 

Crimo was denied bond by Judge Theodore S. Potkonjak, and will remain in custody until his next court date on July 25th. 

It has also been revealed that Crimo drove to Madison, Wisconsin, in his mother’s car after the shooting where he happened upon another July 4th celebration. 

He contemplated a second shooting there because he had 60 rounds left, but decided against it and drove back to Illinois where he was later arrested.  

The moment showing Crimo's arrest after an hours-long manhunt that involved local and federal law enforcement

The moment showing Crimo’s arrest after an hours-long manhunt that involved local and federal law enforcement 

Bob Crimo Jr. and his wife, Denise, said in a brief statement: 'We are all mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and this is a terrible tragedy for many families, the victims, the paradegoers, the community, and our own.'

The family has also rejected allegations that there were red flags against their son that were a cause for concern

Bob Crimo Jr. and his wife, Denise, said in a brief statement: ‘We are all mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and this is a terrible tragedy for many families, the victims, the paradegoers, the community, and our own’

Horror on Independence Day: A police officer bows his head in grief next to abandoned strollers and chairs after a shooting that killed six people in Highland Park

Horror on Independence Day: A police officer bows his head in grief next to abandoned strollers and chairs after a shooting that killed six people in Highland Park

The parade on Monday in Highland Park was attended by dozens of locals who sat on the sidewalk cheering as bands marched past

Panicked parade-goers at the scene on Monday. There were loud sounds from the crowd that some said were gunshots

Panicked paradegoers at the scene on Monday. There were loud sounds from the crowd that some said were gunshots  

The aftermath of the scene in Highland Park on Monday after a shooter opened fire on the parade. Chairs and strollers were abandoned by attendees

The aftermath of the scene in Highland Park on Monday after a shooter opened fire on the parade. Chairs and strollers were abandoned by attendees  

Police at first said that Crimo was not known to them but on Tuesday, they revealed he was interviewed twice by authorities in 2019.

The first was in April 2019 a week after he threatened to kill himself. The second was in September 2019, after he threatened to ‘kill everyone’ in his family.

Police recovered 16 knives, a dagger and sword from his home but he was not arrested.

Instead, he was able to turn 21 and buy two assault rifles in Illinois, along with three other types of gun. It remains unclear why the two previous incidents were not flagged when he legally purchased the weapons.

Chris Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office disclosed the prior incidents at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

In the April 2019 incident, ‘an individual contacted Highland Park department a week after learning of him attempting to suicide. It was a delayed report.

‘They responded to the residence, spoke to him, his parents and the matter was being handled with the mental health profession. There was no law enforcement action to be taken.

‘In September 2019, a family remember reported that he said he was going to “kill everyone” and that he had a collection of knives. They responded and took 16 knives and a dagger from his home.

‘There was no probable cause to arrest and no complaints assigned by the victims. They did notify the Illinois State Police.’

Little boy, 2, found bloodied and alone during Highland Park parade shooting is ORPHANED after both his parents were killed in massacre 

The little boy who was found bloodied during the Highland Park parade shooting on Monday and lifted from underneath his father is left orphaned after both is parents were killed in the gruesome attack.

Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the eight people killed during the Fourth of July celebration.

Their two-year-old son, Aiden, had been separated from his parents during the chaos and luckily unharmed. He has been placed in the care of his grandparents.

 A GoFundMe page was established to help Aiden’s family with ‘raising, caring for and supporting’ him. The account has already raised more than $79,000.

The little boy who was found bloodied during the Highland Park parade shooting on Monday and lifted from underneath his father is left orphaned after both is parents were killed in the gruesome attack

The little boy who was found bloodied during the Highland Park parade shooting on Monday and lifted from underneath his father is left orphaned after both is parents were killed in the gruesome attack

Aiden was found by Lauren Silva, 38, of Deerfield, and her boyfriend after they heard gunshots as they were heading to breakfast at Walker Bros restaurant.

Silva told the Daily Beast they emerged from a parking garage a few blocks away from the shooting just as the violence began to unfold.

‘We were just opening the door to walk up the stairs and we heard it…boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom,’ she told the Beast. ‘And it sounded like someone was, like, pounding on the glass doors.’

Silva and her boyfriend and his son began running toward those who were injured, when suddenly, her boyfriend thrusted the little boy into her arms.

‘My boyfriend handed me this little boy and said he was underneath this father who was shot in the leg,’ she told the Beast.

‘They were trying to stop the bleeding so I brought the boy downstairs into the garage.’

Once inside the garage, she managed to clean out his scrapes and washed the blood off him. She said he was wearing one shoe and his sock was covered in blood.

‘He kept asking if mom and dad are going to come back soon,’ she said.

Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the eight people killed during the Fourth of July celebration

Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the eight people killed during the Fourth of July celebration

Silva reemerged from the parking garage after 20 minutes to see how the father was doing. She handed the child off to a family she was hunkering down in the garage with, who took him to the hospital and later handed him to police. He was eventually reunited with his grandparents, according to Silva.

Dana Ruder Ring, who was taking care of the child until 8 p.m., according to Fox 32 Chicago, posted the original photo of the boy to help identify him.

She told Fox 32 he’s too young to know his parents’ the names.

Silva, a mother of two, said she’s holding on to the memory of the ‘kid’s face and his touch and the sound of his voice.’

‘I feel like I want to hold on to, like, a little bit of emotion that I feel—which is telling that boy that his dad was going to come back,’ she said.

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