Man arrested in shooting at July 4th parade that killed 6, hurt dozens in Highland Park

Police arrested a 22-year-old man Monday evening after a massive search in connection with a shooting rampage that left six people dead and at least 30 injured at a Fourth of July parade in this affluent Chicago suburb.

A police officer briefly chased Robert E. Crimo III as he drove five miles north of the shooting site before the arrest was made, Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen said.

Earlier in the day, authorities had identified Crimo, 22, as a person of interest and released photos of him and his silver Honda Fit. They warned the public to shelter in place and that he was likely armed and dangerous.

"This individual is believed to have been responsible for what happened," Lake County Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said.

Video from the parade scene showed scores of people running for cover as music continued to play minutes after the event began at 10 a.m. local time Monday.

Covelli said the gunman apparently fired from a rooftop at around 10:14 a.m. after climbing there on an unsecured ladder attached to the building. A high-powered rifle was recovered at the scene, he said.

Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said the five people killed at the parade were adults but didn't have information on the sixth victim, who died at a hospital.

NorthShore University HealthSystem received 26 patients from the attack and 25 of them had gunshot wounds, including four or five children, said Dr. Brigham Temple, medical director for emergency preparedness. He added that 19 of the injured were treated and released. Temple also said at least 10 other patients were taken to other hospitals.

"Our community was terrorized by an act of violence that has shaken us to our core," Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering said. "On a day when we came together to celebrate community and freedom, we are instead mourning the tragic loss of life."

President Joe Biden said in a statement that he and his wife were "shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day.''

Biden added that despite the gun safety bill he signed June 25, "there is much more work to do.''