The Morning Dispatch: Tragedy in Highland Park

Happy Tuesday! The 5th of July should also be a national holiday—our bodies need some more time to digest all that beef.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Russian forces over the weekend appear to have taken full control of the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine, with Ukrainian troops withdrawing from the city of Lysychansk in order to avoid being surrounded. Russia is sustaining heavy casualties in its revised quest to control Ukraine’s Donbas area, but its forces continue to plod along methodically, grinding down the opposition. Ukrainian officials claimed Russia fired missiles at a residential area in Odessa on Friday, killing at least 21 people, including civilians and children.

  • At least six people were killed and dozens more injured when a gunman opened fire at a 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday. After evading arrest for several hours, a 22-year-old “person of interest” was captured last night and taken into custody.

  • Three people were killed—and nearly 30 others wounded, many “lightly”—after a 22-year-old Danish man opened fire at a shopping mall in Copenhagen on Sunday. The shooter—who police say was “known to people in the psychiatric field”—was charged with manslaughter and will be held in custody in a psychiatric ward for 24 days to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

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