By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: Lake County Major Crime Task Force and Highland Park Police Department (Information)
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Downtown Highland Park, Illinois: The Lake County Major Crime Task Force confirmed suspect arrested for the deadly shooting during the Fourth of July Parade that was held on Monday, July 4th, 2022.
The parade began around 10:00 a.m. CT when 10 minutes later shots were fired upon parade-goers by a man armed with a high power rifle.
Hundreds of parade-goers with some visibly bloodied fled the parade route, leaving behind chairs, baby strollers, plush toys, bicycles and blankets.
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According to Lake County Major Crime Task Force Spokesman Christopher Covelli, suspect 21 years old Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III from Highwood acted alone and planned the attack for weeks before firing more than 70 rounds at the crowded during the parade on Independence Day.
“He brought a high-powered rifle to this parade. He accessed the roof of a business via a fire escape ladder and began opening fire on the innocent Independence Day celebration-goers,” said Lake County Major Crime Task Force Spokesman Christopher Covelli.
Lake County Major Crime Task Force Spokesman Christopher Covelli said that the rifle he used in the shooting was similar to an AR-15 and was purchased legally in Illinois.
Picture: Lake County Major Crime Task Force (Courtesy)
At the time of the deadly shooting, Lake County Major Crime Task Force Spokesman Christopher Covelli said Crimo was disguised as a woman as shown ion video authorities showed during their press conference.
“During the attack, Crimo was dressed in women’s clothing. Investigators do believe he did this to conceal his facial tattoos and his identity and help him during the escape with the other people who were fleeing the chaos,” said Lake County Major Crime Task Force Spokesman Christopher Covelli.
After the deadly shooting, Lake County Major Crime Task Force Spokesman Christopher Covelli said Crimo blended in with the crowd and walked to his mother’s home in the area where he borrowed her vehicle.
Hours later as authorities searched in a manhunt for the gunman, a member of the community spotted Crimo driving and called 911.
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At about 6:30 p.m. PT Monday evening, an officer from the North Chicago Police Department spotted Crimo at Route 41 and Buckley Road.
There was a brief pursuit, but the vehicle was stopped at Westleigh Road and Route 41 in Lake Forest, Illinois, and Crimo was arrested without incident and was then transported to the Highland Park Police Department.
Lake County Major Crime Task Force Spokesman Christopher Covelli said another rifle was recovered from Crimo’s vehicle when he was arrested, and authorities also found more guns at Crimo’s residence in Highwood.
According to Lake County Major Crime Task Force Spokesman Christopher Covelli, all of the guns were purchased legally in Illinois and under his name.
Investigators have interrogated the suspect and reviewed his social media posts have not determined a motive for the attack.
At this moment, investigators have have also not found any indication that the shooter targeted anyone by race, religion or other protected status.
Officials from the Lake County Major Crime Task Force and Highland Park Police Department said at least 7 people were killed and more than 30 people were injured.
Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering said, “On a day that we came together to celebrate community and freedom, we are instead mourning the tragic loss of life and struggling with the terror that was brought upon us.”
ZachNews and the people in the Colorado River Tri-State area sends our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the families and friends of the victims in the deadly shooting during the 4th Of July Parade.
Great work to the North Chicago Police Department Officer for initially spotted the man, and all of the law enforcements and K9 Dogs in the search and arresting suspect Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III.