On Monday, 22-year-old Robert “Bobby” Crimo III was taken into custody after he was named as a person of interest in the Highland Park, Illinois shooting that claimed the lives of six people and left more than two dozen others injured.
The shooting took place during a Fourth of July parade, and officials say they believe shots were fired from a nearby rooftop where a high-powered rifle was later recovered.
ABC News reports that officials say a North Chicago police unit spotted Crimo riding in a matching vehicle that they were looking for, which was a 2010 silver Honda. Following a traffic stop, Crimo led officers on a brief chase before surrendering.
Ryan Lerman, who filmed the suspect’s arrest, said,
“Right away he was surrounded by the police. They came from either side of the highway to surround him. It ended with him getting on his knees and getting arrested by cops. It was surreal, I didn’t know what I was seeing.”
The parade, which had been in celebration of the Fourth of July, was about three-quarters of being complete when the gunfire occurred. Causing people to run frantically towards safety. Five victims, all of which were adults, died at the scene, and a sixth victim died at the hospital. One of the victims has been identified as 78-year-old Nicolas Toledo.
There were about 31 people that were taken to The NorthShore University Health System. Most of them suffered from gunshot wounds, others were injured in the chaos that followed after gunshots occurred.
Vice President Kamala Harris spoke out after the tragedy and said,
“Doug and I are praying for the dozens of people who have been hospitalized and those who were lost today in Highland Park, Illinois. This shooting is an unmistakable reminder that more should be done to address gun violence in our country.”
Doug and I are praying for the dozens of people who have been hospitalized and those who were lost today in Highland Park, Illinois.
This shooting is an unmistakable reminder that more should be done to address gun violence in our country.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) July 4, 2022
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot also released a statement and said,
— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 5, 2022
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