HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — A 22-year-old man is in custody after six people were killed and dozens were hospitalized in a shooting at a 4th of July parade in Highland Park. The manhunt for the alleged gunman lasted more than eight hours.
Police were looking for 22-year-old Robert “Bobby” Crimo III. The North Shore native was driving a silver 2010 Honda Fit with Illinois license plate #DM80653.
Crimo III was taken into custody after a brief pursuit in Lake Forest on Route 41 near Westleigh Road around 6:30 p.m.
He was considered armed and dangerous and accused of shooting multiple people Monday morning at the Highland Park July 4 parade.
The downtown parade was disrupted around 10:10 am Monday after gunshots were heard near Central Avenue and 2nd Street. At a news conference, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli said it appeared the gunman opened fire on parade attendees from a rooftop with a high-powered rifle, which he then shot. he recovered at the scene.
Five adults were pronounced dead at the scene and another person, whose age was not released, died at the hospital, the Lake County coroner said.
In the entire NorthShore Hospital group, they received 38 patients, including at least four or five children. Additionally, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest said they received 9 patients, six with gunshot wounds.
At an earlier news conference, NorthShore said 19 victims were treated and released and the total age range was eight to 85. One of the children who was injured had to be airlifted to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago. At this time, the total number of shooting victims in the incident is unknown.
After several hours of nervous North Shore residents telling them to shut down, police released the image and vehicle information of Crimo III.
A Highwood neighbor told WGN News that Crimo III lives there with his family. The FBI was in the house for an hour or two. Around 6:20 pm, they began to leave.
Later in the evening, the suspect’s uncle told WGN News that he is “heartbroken” by the shooting. He said that Crimo III has lived with him for about five years in a back apartment.
WGN Investigates found that the online accounts associated with him provide many red flags for possible sinister intent. Crimo III’s father ran unsuccessfully against Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering in 2019. When contacted for comment, his father hung up on WGN News.
“To the residents of Highland Park and the communities, this killer will be brought to justice, please follow the instructions of local authorities,” Governor Pritzker said. “Please note that all resources at the state’s disposal will be available in the coming days and weeks.”
Earlier in the day, police addressed rumors circulating on social media, saying there is no indication the attacker was holed up or holding hostages.
Officials said the Fourth Fest, scheduled to start at noon, was cancelled. Several suburban fireworks events have been canceled following the shooting.
The Highland Park Reunification Center is at 1677 Old Deerfield Road. The site is working with anyone looking for runaway or missing children.
Anyone with information, or anyone with video, is urged to call Highland Park Police at 847-432-7730 or you can submit a tip at fbi.gov/highlandpark.
President Biden issued the following statement.
“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 have spoken with Governor Pritzker and Mayor Rotering and have 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. Community members must follow the guidance of leadership on the ground, and I will closely monitor them as we learn more about those whose lives have been lost and pray for those who are in hospital with serious injuries.
I recently signed the first major bipartisan gun reform bill in nearly thirty years, including actions that will save lives. But there is much more work to be done, and I will not stop fighting the gun violence epidemic.“
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