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At least six people were killed and more than 30 others were hospitalized after a shoot Police have arrested a suspect in a shooting at a July 4th parade in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday.
Police said Cremo was believed to be armed and dangerous and after an hour-long search, police caught him on Monday after a brief search.
The city of Highland Park initially said 16 people were wounded and five were killed, but officials revised the total to six dead and 31 wounded during an afternoon press conference. Officials said a “high-powered” rifle was located on the roof, but did not provide further details.
Authorities had earlier identified the 22-year-old Robert “Bobby” E. Cremo III as suspicious. He said he was driving a 2010 Silver Honda Fit with license plate DM80653 and is from the area.
Chris Cowelly, spokesman for the Lake County Crime Task Force, said at least 100 law enforcement officers were “aggressive” in their search for the suspect. He appealed to nearby businesses and parade participants to review their photos and videos to give them to police for investigation.
Kovelli said several victims – all adults – died on the spot and at least one died after being taken to hospital. Other injured victims were taken to Lake and Cook County hospitals and their condition ranged from “critical” to “critical.” Officials said at least one child was among those seriously injured.
On being investigated by the authorities, people living within a radius of about a mile were asked to take shelter at various places.
The shooting took place at a location on the parade route, where many residents had seen key viewing points early in the day for the annual festival. Dozens of bullets drove away hundreds of paraders who were fleeing for their lives.
Officers established a reunion outpost at the Highland Park Police Department for separated families.
Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rottering urged residents to avoid the downtown area as police respond to the incident.
“Highland Park Police is responding to an incident in Downtown Highland Park,” she announced on Twitter. “Fourth Fest has been cancelled. Please avoid Downtown Highland Park. More information will be shared as it becomes available.”
Democratic Illinois Gov. Pritzker also confirmed that he and his staff are “closely monitoring” the situation.
“It is devastating that America’s celebration diverges from our typical American plague,” Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said at a news conference on Monday.
“I’m angry because it shouldn’t be this way… While we celebrate the Fourth of July just once a year, mass shootings have become a weekly — yes, weekly — American tradition.”
Pritzker, a Democrat, promised justice to the gunman along with support for the community.
“There is no word for the kind of evil that appears in public celebrations of freedom, hides on rooftops and shoots innocent people with assault rifles,” Pritzker said.
“Our condolences go out to the people of Highland Park and all those affected by today’s tragic events,” Chicago Superintendent of Police David O’Brown said in a tweet. “The #ChicagoPolice Department stands with the City of Highland Park during this devastating time.”
Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said the five people killed in the parade were adults and did not know about the sixth victim, who was taken to hospital and died there.
Dr. Brigham Temple, medical director of emergency preparedness for Northshore University Health Center, said 26 patients came to Highland Park Hospital after the attack and all but one were shot. Their ages ranged from 8 to 85, and Temple estimated that four or five patients were children.
He said 19 of them were treated and discharged. Others were transferred to other hospitals, while two patients remained at Highland Park Hospital in stable condition.
Officials said the shooter opened fire around 10:15 a.m. when the parade was almost three-quarters up.
Several nearby cities canceled events including parades and fireworks, some of them noting that the Highland Park shooter was still at large. Evanston, Deerfield, Skokie, Waukegan and Glencoe canceled events.
On Monday evening, more than a dozen police officers surrounded a house listed as an address for Cremo in Highland Park. Some officers were holding rifles while eyeing the house. A large armored truck, marked “Police Rescue Vehicle”, occupied the middle of the road near the residence. Police blocked roads leading to the house in a tree-lined neighborhood near a golf course, allowing only law enforcement cars to pass through a tight outer perimeter.
The Department of Homeland Security confirmed that Secretary Alejandro Meyercas has been briefed about the shooting and that DHS is coordinating with local, state and federal partners to offer the department support.
Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., says he was in the parade at the time of the shooting. He confirmed in a tweet that he was safe, but did not give any details about the situation.
“A shooter was killed in Highland Park today during the Independence Day parade. My campaign team and I were gathering at the start of the parade,” Schneider wrote. “My team and I are safe and sound. We are monitoring the situation closely and are in contact with the mayor.”
“Hearing about the lives lost and others injured. My condolences to the family and loved ones; my prayers for the injured and my community; and whatever I do to make our children, our towns, our nation safe.” I’m committed to doing that. That’s enough!” He added.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.