A gunman opened fire from a rooftop at the Highland Park Independence Day Parade on Monday in a ‘completely random’ attack that officials say killed at least six people and injured others dozens more.
The situation continues to unfold.
Here’s what we know so far about what happened. (Check latest updates)
What we know about filming so far
The shooting occurred at 10:14 a.m. in the Central Avenue and 2nd Street area of downtown Highland Park during the city’s July 4 parade, authorities said.
In a video posted on social media by parade participants showing the moment of the shooting, several gunshots could be heard, followed by a pause and another gunshot. In some videos, more than 50 gunshots are heard.
Bystanders captured the moment shots were fired during the 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois on TikTok.
Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Christopher Covelli said the shooter fired into the parade with a high-powered rifle from a rooftop.
A large police presence from the state and surrounding departments in suburban Chicago was seen along the parade route.
What we know about the victims
At least six people were killed and dozens more were injured.
Details are beginning to emerge of the killed and injured victims.
NorthShore Highland Park Hospital said in a statement the facility was treating 26 people, five of whom were transported to NorthShore Evanston Hospital.
“A large majority were shot and injured as a result of the ensuing chaos during the parade,” NorthShore Highland Park Hospital said.
Doctors at NorthShore Highland Park Hospital said 25 of their patients “suffered gunshot wounds”. Nineteen patients were treated and discharged. The age of the patients varies between 8 and 85 years. About four out of five of them are children.
NorthShore University HealthSystem confirmed just after 5:30 a.m. Tuesday that a total of 38 people had sought treatment at their hospitals following the shooting. As of Tuesday morning, eight patients were still on treatment. The hospital had no update on their conditions.
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest confirmed around 8 a.m. Tuesday that their hospital has also treated nine patients, five of whom were discharged on Monday. Six of the nine people suffered gunshot wounds while three suffered injuries related to a fall. The gunshot victims were all adults, the hospital said, but the ages of the others were not immediately known. All were listed in fair to good condition, according to media relations chief Chris King.
Dr. David Baum, who attended the parade, helped treat those injured in the shooting.
“The bodies that I saw, it was not an image that someone who is not a doctor would have trouble processing,” Dr. Baum said.
“There were people who were immediately killed with horrific gunshot wounds.”
What we know about the shooter
Police have identified the person of interest in the shooting as 21-year-old Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III. Crimo was taken into custody on Monday evening following a police pursuit, but no charges had been filed by Tuesday morning.
Authorities said Crimo’s vehicle was in north Chicago and officers attempted to stop him before he got away, leading police on a brief chase before pulling over. He was taken into custody “without incident”, police said. He was being taken to Highland Park Police Department for questioning, but no charges had been filed by 6:50 p.m.
Crimo, who police say is originally from the area but did not say whether he was from Highland Park, allegedly drove a silver 2010 Honda Fit with Illinois license plates DM80653. Video from NBC’s Sky 5 helicopter showed a vehicle of that make and model stopped at an intersection in Lake Forest with visible damage.
A heavy police and SWAT presence was seen hours earlier in an area where Crimo allegedly lived, according to footage captured by NBC 5 in Highland Park.
The suspected shooter in the mass shooting was described by Highland Park Police as a white male with a small build and “longer” black hair. He wears a white or blue T-shirt, depending on Highland Park Police Cmdr. Chris O’Neill.
What we know about the pattern
Police said the shooting appears “completely random” but also “intentional”.
“Of course, at this point it seems to be completely random,” Covelli said.
Final Tips for Residents
Police had asked residents late Monday afternoon to shelter in place in the area from Green Bay Road to Laurel, St. Johns to Elm Place.
“People outside of this area no longer need to shelter in place, but we urge everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behavior immediately,” officials said in an alert.
On Tuesday morning, police asked the public to avoid downtown Highland Park while the investigation continues.
The Chicago FBI public affairs team said the Highland Park shooting “remains an active and ongoing investigation.”
“The FBI-Chicago asks anyone with information regarding the incident of the shooting in Highland Park, IL on July 4, 2022, to please submit the information to: 1-800-CALLFBI.”
Anyone with photos or video of the incident is urged to report it to the police.
“Everyone in the Highland Park area is urged to report suspicious activity by calling 911 or Highland Park Police at 847-432-7730,” Covelli said. “To report any late information about this incident, the FBI has set up a hotline at 800-CALL-FBI.”
Those looking to reunite with family members after the parade were asked to go to the Highland Park Reunification Center at the Highland Park Police Department at 1677 Old Deerfield Road.
4th of July events canceled in the region
On Monday afternoon, Metra’s Union Pacific North line through Highland Park was not running.
Independence Day parades and events in the northern suburbs were canceled after the shooting.
“Due to a tragic mass shooting that took place earlier this morning in Highland Park, the Town of Evanston will be canceling this year’s 4th of July parade and celebrations effective immediately.”
Evanston has also closed its swimming beaches “following this morning’s tragic shooting in Highland Park”.
President Joe Biden, in a statement Monday afternoon, said he and First Lady Jill Biden “are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has once again caused heartbreak in an American community on this Independence Day. “.
“As always, we are grateful to the first responders and law enforcement on scene. I have spoken to Governor Pritzker and Mayor Rotering, and offered the full support of the federal government to their communities,” Biden said. “I have also enlisted federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter, who remains at large at this time. Community members should follow the advice of leaders on the ground, and I will be monitoring closely 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 law in nearly thirty years, which includes actions that will save lives. But there is still much work to be done, and I will not give up on the fight against the epidemic of gun violence.”
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker asked for prayers for the families of those who died and for those injured in the shooting.
“There are no words for the kind of monster that stalks and shoots at a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community,” Pritzker said in a statement. “There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, their future. There are no words I can offer to ease the pain of those they leave behind. Know that our state mourns with you, that MK and I mourn with you.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the shooting “devastating” and said Chicago police were helping with the response.
“The tragedy unfolding in Highland Park is devastating,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “I have been in contact with Mayor Rotering and have offered our support, and the Chicago Police Department is assisting. We mourn the families of those who died and were injured and the entire community of Highland Park. The forces law enforcement are working hard to bring the shooter into custody.If anyone has any information, we encourage them to call 911 and report what you know.
Cook County Council Chairman Toni Preckwinkle said the county “stands with Lake County and the community of Highland Park.”
“While the situation remains fluid, we stand ready to support law enforcement and our northern neighbors in any way we can,” Preckwinkle said. “We will continue to monitor the situation and extend our resources and overall support to the people of Highland Park. We must, all of us, must focus on stemming the flow of illegal weapons and implementing laws of common sense about firearms. My continued thoughts are with the families and loved ones who have lost someone and for anyone struggling to come to terms with today’s latest senseless act of gun violence.”
Photos: Footage from the scene after gunfire erupted during the Highland Park Independence Day Parade