A man armed with a rifle opened fire and left at least six dead and 31 injured this Monday during a parade for the United States Independence Day in Highland Park, a town north of Chicago, in the state of Illinois.
What happened in Highland Park?
“Two dozen people have been transported to Highland Park Hospital. Six have been confirmed dead,” Commander Chris O’Neil, of the police in this affluent town of about 30,000 people on the shores of Lake Michigan, told reporters.
Police announced they had captured a suspect in a shooting Monday that killed six people and wounded more than 36 when a man with a high-powered rifle opened fire from a roof at a July 4 parade in suburban Washington Highland Park in Chicago.
Police can be seen surrounding a car and then Crimo can be seen getting out of the vehicle with his hands raised, according to a video from the Chicago affiliate of ABC News. Crimo lies on the ground before the police take him into custody. Charges will be filed, Highland Park police said.
The authorities of Highland Park, a prosperous town of 30,000 inhabitants in the Chicago suburbs, announced the cancellation of the parade and asked citizens to avoid downtown, where the incident took place. “We are assisting Highland Park Police with a shooting in the area of the Independence Day parade route. STAY OUT OF THE AREA – Please allow law enforcement and emergency crews to do their job,” the Lake County Sheriff’s Office tweeted.
“Law enforcement agencies are searching for the suspect; evidence of a firearm has been recovered,” the city of Highland Park reported on its website. “Numerous law enforcement officers are responding and have secured a perimeter around downtown Highland Park.”
US President Joe Biden released a statement as the news began to spread, saying he has been in contact with local officials and the governor of Illinois.
Biden said: “Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has once again brought pain to an American community on this Independence Day.
“As always, we are grateful for the first responders and law enforcement on the scene. I spoke with Governor Pritzker and Mayor Rotering and offered the full support of the federal government to their communities.
“I also asked the federal police to assist in the urgent search for the shooter, who remains at large at this time.
Who is Robert Crimo
Robert “Bobby” E Crimo III, 22, was named as a person of interest in the deadly Highland Park parade shooting. According to CBS News, he was arrested around 6:30 p.m. local time. Authorities said they took him into custody after a short chase and took him to the Highland Park Police Department.
According to his FBI wanted poster, he is 5’11” and weighs about 120 pounds. He also has several tattoos, including four tally marks with a line through them on his right cheek and a cursive letter on his left eyebrow.
Police identified the person of interest in the shooting as 22-year-old Robert “Bobby” E Crimo III. Crimo, who police say is from the area but did not specify if he is from Highland Park, is believed to be driving a silver 2010 Honda Fit with Illinois plates DM80653.