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A man interested in an attack in which six people were killed and several others injured during a shooting at the Independence Day parade in Highland ParkA wealthy suburb of Chicago, has been captured after a search that lasted for hours.
Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogman said 22-year-old Robert Cremo III was taken into police custody after a brief car chase. Jogman said a North Chicago police officer had alerted officers earlier in the day to the vehicle he believed may have been driven by Cremo while he was on the run.
The officer attempted to stop the traffic, but Cremo fled before stopping at Lake Forest, Jogman said. The chief said he is expected to be questioned about his alleged role in the mass shooting.
Officials said Cremo was probably linked to Monday’s shooting in which at least six people were killed and more than two dozen who sat on the roof were injured before fleeing. five of those killed Officials said those found at the scene and were adults. Another was taken to hospital where he died.
A child was also among the injured and he was seriously injured, officials said.
a barrage of bullets at the intersection of Central Avenue and 2nd Street in Highland Park at approximately 10:24 a.m. CT Monday, according to officials.
Chris Cowelly, deputy chief of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, said the suspect used “a high-powered rifle” but declined to give a detailed description of the weapon. He said the attack began near the last leg of the parade route and targeted spectators on the shore.
He said the attack marked a “very random, very intentional and very sad day”.
Officials said the gunman probably reached the roof of a business via a ladder in an alleyway attached to the building.
State police and Chicago officials arrived at the scene to assist Highland Park Police in the investigation, and so did representatives from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The FBI also assisted, officials said, and was working on locating the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Weapons used in assault.