Suspect arrested in Illinois Fourth of July parade shooting that killed 6 people
The gunman suspected of opening fire with a “high-powered rifle” from a rooftop onto a crowd attending the Highland Park Fourth of July parade, killing six and wounding dozens in one of the worst mass shootings in Illinois history, was peacefully apprehended more than eight hours later on U.S. 41 in Lake Forest.
Robert E. “Bobby” Crimo III, 22, was “taken into custody without incident” on Monday at 6:45 p.m. in Lake Forest, according to a statement released by the Highland Park police.
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Suspect Arrested In Illinois Fourth of July Parade Shooting
After being seen by a police officer in North Chicago and leading officers on a brief pursuit, he was taken into custody. Crimo was escorted to the Highland Park police station, police Chief Lou Jogmen said.
According to Christopher Covelli of the Lake County sheriff’s office and the Lake County serious crimes task force, authors use the terms “person of interest” and “suspect” interchangeably.
As of nine o’clock in the evening, no charges had been filed, and the police had provided no clue as to the possible motivation for the shootings.
Stacy Shulman, who had lived in Highland Park for her whole life, was one of several dozens of people who had congregated outside the police station in anticipation of Crimo’s arrival.
“It’s been a horrific day,” Shulman said. “I’m glad they got him. And unfortunately, he’s a Highland Park kid, and people knew his family. His family has been around a long time.”
According to Covelli, who stated that the shooter fired from a rooftop, the perpetrator used “a high-powered weapon” that has been located after the incident.
He described the crime as “extremely random, quite intentional.”
It appeared that the gunman had used an “unsecured” ladder to climb to the rooftop, Covelli said.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is reportedly investigating the rifle’s ownership history, according to the authorities.
Victims’ Ages Range From 8 to 85
Five individuals were found dead at the scene, and a sixth person was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek.
The Illinois State Police is currently assisting Highland Park PD with an active shoot situation that occurred at the Highland Park Parade.
The public is advised to avoid the area of Central Ave and 2nd St. in Highland Park.
— IllinoisStatePolice (@ILStatePolice) July 4, 2022
In that group was Nicolas Toledo, a grandfather who came to Highland Park to see his kids and grandkids. According to North Shore Congregation Israel, Jacki Sundheim was also killed.
The Highland Park Hospital, the Lake Forest Hospital, and the Evanston Hospital each received dozens of patients who had been injured. According to NorthShore University Health Systems, which owns Highland Park and Evanston hospitals, the “overwhelming majority” of patients were treated for gunshot wounds. However, some “received injuries due to the commotion at the parade.”
Shots Fired In Fast Succession
At the parade scene, one witness stated that he counted 20 rounds being fired.
In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, a resident of Highland Park named Miles Zaremski stated, “I heard 20 to 25 rounds, all of which were fired in fast succession.”
Adrienne Drell, a former reporter for the Sun-Times, stated that she was seated on a sidewalk along Central Avenue watching the parade when she noticed the Highland Park High School marching band members start to flee.
“Go to Sunset,” Drell said she heard the students shout, urging people to adjacent Sunset Foods.
“There’s panic throughout the whole town,” she continued. “Everyone is just startled beyond belief.”
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