July 4 mass shooting foiled in Virginia’s capital

RICHMOND, Va. – Police in Richmond, Virginia, said Wednesday they thwarted a planned July 4 mass shooting after receiving a tip that led to arrests and the confiscation of multiple weapons.

Authorities announced the alleged conspiracy in a press release, but did not release any additional information. Chief Gerald Smith scheduled a press conference for Wednesday afternoon.

A police department spokesman did not immediately respond to a call asking for more details about the planned shooting.

The announcement came just two days after a gunman opened fire from a rooftop at a July 4 parade in the affluent Chicago suburb of Highland Park, killing seven people and injuring more than three dozen.

Robert E. Crimo III was charged Tuesday with seven counts of murder. The shooting caused hundreds of people to flee in fear and sparked an hours-long manhunt. Authorities have not yet identified a motive.

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