CHICAGO (CBS) — Authorities say 22-year-old Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III, the “person of interest” in the July 4 shooting in Highland Park, is now in police custody.
He was spotted in North Chicago, police tried to control traffic, he got away, then they pulled him over in Lake Forest and was arrested without incident.
The holiday mass shooting is on. Police said the shooting happened around 10:15 a.m. during the July 4 parade. Authorities said the shooter opened fire from a nearby rooftop using a high-powered rifle.
Police are still looking for the shooter and are urging area residents to shelter in place in an area bounded by Green Bay Road, Laurel Avenue, St. Johns Avenue and Elm Place.
Authorities did not say what specific information led them to identify Crimo as a person of interest in the shooting.
Police are following up on multiple reports of the shooting and have asked anyone with information to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.
On Monday afternoon, police surrounded Crimo’s family home in Highwood, just north of Highland Park, as they searched for him. Neighbors said that Crimo lived in this house with his father and uncle and that FBI agents came and went from the house throughout the evening.
As the search for the suspected shooter continued throughout the afternoon, state, local and national lawmakers condemned the mass shootings and the frequency of incidents occurring across the country.