Highland Park shooting suspect details, names released after July 4th parade attack

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WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES: Illinois police are searching for a suspected white man of dark hair and thin stature after he was attacked by a gunman at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, a wealthy suburb of Chicago, according to officials and everyone living near the scene were being asked to shelter in place. Investigators believe he is about 19 years old.

Police have recovered a rifle but said the unidentified gunman is still there. Armed and considered dangerous, Authorities identify 22-year-old Robert E. Cremo III, regarded as armed and dangerous, as a person of interest and later a suspect. He was driving a 2010 Honda Fit with an Illinois license plate DM80653. He is from the area, officials said.

Chris Coveli, deputy chief of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, said during an afternoon news briefing that he killed at least six people and wounded more than two dozen people sitting on the roof before fleeing. Officials said five of those killed were 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.

“The family of six woke up today to join the community celebration of our nation’s independence,” Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said during a news briefing. “They will sleep less than tonight. There are no words I can offer to ease the pain of the families who will no longer associate the Fourth of July not with celebration, but with grief.”

Highland Park, Illinois, Fourth of July Parade Shooting

Robert E. Cremo, 22, has been identified as a man of interest in the July 4 parade attack in Highland Park, Illinois, in which at least six people were killed.
(Highland Park Police Department)

The governor said that he spoke with President BidenThose who pledge federal support.

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. The gunman remained there until 3 p.m., and police said he had not barricaded himself anywhere or held him hostage to his knowledge.

Coveli 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 is also assisting, officials said, and was working on locating the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Weapons used in assault.

The Illinois manhunt gets underway after the shooting of the July 4th parade in Highland Park; at least six confirmed dead

Empty chairs sit on the sidewalk as parade-goers flee at Highland Park's Fourth of July parade after shots were fired in Chicago, Monday, July 4, 2022.  (Lynn Sweet/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Empty chairs sit on the sidewalk as parade-goers flee at Highland Park’s Fourth of July parade after shots were fired in Chicago, Monday, July 4, 2022. (Lynn Sweet/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
(Lynn Sweet/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Officials are asking residents to avoid the area because You keep hunting for the suspect.

“All we know right now is that he’s not in custody, and he’s not dead,” said Mike Worden, a police officer and local resident, and a former Secret Service agent, founder and CEO of The Lake Forest Group security consulting firm. Senior Director of Security for the NBA. “Sometimes these people run away… some want to commit suicide by the cop, some kill themselves, and some don’t want to be caught.”

Worden lives just four miles from the parade route and said he could hear police retaliate from his home. Like other residents of the area, he said that he had taken shelter in the place as the police conducted a massive search of the suspect.

“The biggest thing right now is that this person is not in custody,” he said. “Usually in these types of incidents, they die on the spot… It’s kind of peculiar.”

Blood pools in Port Clinton Square in Highland Park after shooting at a Fourth of July parade in a Chicago suburb on Monday, July 4, 2022.  (Lynn Sweet/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Blood pools in Port Clinton Square in Highland Park after shooting at a Fourth of July parade in a Chicago suburb on Monday, July 4, 2022. (Lynn Sweet/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
(Lynn Sweet/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

He said it is common for officers to assume that the suspect is still armed even after the weapon is recovered because active shooters typically carry more than one firearm.

The Federal Aviation Administration temporarily banned planes from flying over Highland Park. The agency issued a five-mile “temporary flight restriction” for up to 3,000 feet before canceling it at 3 p.m. local time.

Officials at Highland Park Hospital said they had found 26 patients, 25 of whom were shot. The age of the victims is between 8 and 85 years. About 4 to 5 children are among the injured. Of the injured, 19 were treated and released. Two patients were transferred to Evanston Hospital, said Dr Brigham Temple, medical director of Northshore University Health System.

Speaking to reporters, Pritzker advocated for elected officials to do more to stop gun violence.

“It is devastating that a celebration of America was separated from our typical American plague,” he said. “I’m angry that gun violence killed more innocent lives. While we celebrate the Fourth of July only once a year, mass shootings have become our weekly, yes weekly, American tradition.”

The 2010 Honda Fit is believed to have been driven by Robert Cremo, the suspect in the July 4th parade shooting in Highland Park.

The 2010 Honda Fit is believed to have been driven by Robert Cremo, the suspect in the July 4th parade shooting in Highland Park.
(FBI)

Illinois Fourth of July Parade Cause Chaos After Several People Are Shot: Report

The parade began at approximately 10 p.m. at the intersection of Laurel and St. John’s Avenues, less than a mile from the shooting scene at Central Avenue and Second Street. The Fourth Fest was to be followed by the parade at 11 a.m. located in Sunset Park. Officials canceled the event.

Anyone with video surveillance, phone video, still images is asked to contact investigators. Business owners in the area asked to review security cameras and share them with police, Coveli said, “even if you don’t see anything there.”

Phone video posted on social media, which appears to have been taken at the scene, captured the sound of more than 30 gunshots during the parade as spectators fled in panic.

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Fox News’ Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.