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A person of interest linked to an attack where six people were shot and many others were injured in a shooting during an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, an affluent suburb of Chicago, has been captured following a manhunt lasting several hours.
Robert Crimo III, 22, was taken into custody after a brief car chase, Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen said. A North Chicago police officer spotted the vehicle authorities alerted to earlier in the day that they believe Crimo may have been driving while on the run, Jogmen said.
The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but Crimo fled before being arrested in Lake Forest, Jogmen said. He was to be questioned about his alleged role in the mass shooting, the chief said.
Crimo may be linked to Monday’s shooting that killed at least six people and injured about two dozen others from a rooftop perch before fleeing, officials said. Five of those killed were found at the scene and were adults, authorities said. Another was taken to hospital where he died.
A child was among those injured and was seriously injured, authorities said.
Gunshots rang out at the intersection of Central Avenue and 2nd Street in Highland Park around 10:24 a.m. CT Monday, according to authorities.
HIGHLAND PARK, ILLINOIS, FILMING THE 4TH OF JULY PARADE
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Chris Covelli said the suspect used “a high-powered rifle” but declined to give a detailed description of the weapon. The attack began near the last leg of the parade route, he said, and targeted spectators along the sidelines.
He added that the attack marked a “very random, very intentional and very sad day”.
Authorities said the shooter gained access to the roof of a business, possibly via a ladder in an alley adjoining the building.
State Police and Chicago officers rushed to the scene to assist Highland Park Police with the investigation, as did deputies from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The FBI also assisted, authorities said, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was working to track down the weapon used in the attack.
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