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Chicago mass shooting: 22-year-old gunman in custody after brief chase

As many as six people were killed and 24 were hospitalized in a shooting at the US Independence parade route in north suburban Highland Park in Illinois. Dozens of others were injured and sent to hospitals, with 12 of them in serious condition.

Vani Mehrotra Edited By: Vani Mehrotra @vani_mehrotra New Delhi Updated on: July 05, 2022 9:48 IST

Highlights

  • The suspect was identified as Robert E Crimo III
  • Crimo goes by the name Bobby and hails from the area of Chicago's northern suburbs
  • Officials believe he was driving a silver 2010 Honda Fit

Chicago shooting: The law enforcement agencies in the United States have identified a "person of interest" in the Highland Park, Illinois, mass shooting incident. According to the reports, the person was identified as Robert E Crimo III and was taken into custody after a brief chase. 

Officials said, "he is considered armed and dangerous."

Crimo goes by the name Bobby and hails from the area of Chicago's northern suburbs. The suspect aged 22 was believed to be driving a silver 2010 Honda Fit.

"He (Robert E. Crimo, III) is being sought for his alleged involvement in the shooting of multiple individuals at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois, at approximately 10:00 a.m. on July 4, 2022. At least six people were killed and 24 were injured," the FBI said.

"Crimo, III, is believed to be driving a 2010 Silver Honda Fit with Illinois License Plates reading DM80653," it added.

Biden 'shocked' over Illinois mass shooting

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden expressed shock over "senseless gun violence" reported in the state of Illinois during the July 4 event on Monday.

As many as six people were killed and 24 were hospitalized in a shooting at the US Independence parade route in north suburban Highland Park in Illinois. Dozens of others were injured and sent to hospitals, with 12 of them in serious condition.

"Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day. As always, we are grateful for the first responders and law enforcement on the scene," Biden said in a statement.

Biden said he will monitor the situation closely amid the search for the shooter.

"I also surged Federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter, who remains at large at this time. Members of the community should follow guidance from leadership on the ground, and I will monitor closely as we learn more about those whose lives have been lost and pray for those who are in the hospital with grievous injuries," he added.

A gunman, who had apparently fired from a concealed spot on a rooftop, sent hundreds of marchers, parents with strollers and children on bicycles fleeing in terror.

The Independence Day parade shooting was just the latest in the line of incidents reported in schools, churches, grocery stores and now community parades in recent months. 

(With inputs from agencies)

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