The daughter of a woman killed in the Highland Park, Illinois, Fourth of July shooting said she couldn’t stop running after her mother was shot because the gunman was still shooting at the crowd.
Cassie Goldstein told NBC News’ Lester Holt that she saw a gunman shooting down on people around her at the parade on Monday, and she told her mom, Katherine Goldstein, to run.
“I started running with her, and we were next to each other, and he shot her in the chest, and she fell down,” Cassie Goldstein recalled of the massacre. “I knew she was dead, so I just told her that I loved her, but I couldn’t stop because he was still shooting everyone next to me.”
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Katherine Goldstein was 64 years old. The New York Times reported she took 22-year-old Cassie to the parade to reunite with friends from high school.
“I want to share how she was before she died,” Cassie Goldstein told Holt. “She was waving to the floats. Every float that went by, she waved to them.”
Cassie Goldstein’s sister, Alana Goldstein, told The Times that her mother liked to play word games with her kids. Their father, Craig Goldstein, told The Times his wife never complained and “was always along for the ride.”
“She was just a good mom and I got 22 years with her,” Cassie Goldstein said. “And I got to have 22 years with the best mom in the world.”
Katherine Goldstein was one of seven killed in the Highland Park parade shooting when a gunman opened fire on crowds from the rooftop of a nearby building, police said. At least 31 more were injured in the carnage.
Lake County State Attorney Eric Rinehart said on Tuesday that a 21-year-old shooting suspect was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder.