Police detain a person of interest after a mass shooting at a July 4th parade in a Chicago suburb

HIGHLAND PARK, IL – JULY 04: First responders work at the scene of a shooting at the Fourth of July Parade on July 4, 2022 in Highland Park, Illinois.

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Local officials said they had caught a man interested in a mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade that killed at least six people and injured dozens more.

Officials said Robert “Bobby” E. Cremo III was taken into custody “without incident” when he was seen in a vehicle that matched the description in the wanted poster of the FBI. Police named Cremo, 22, as a person of interest just before 6 p.m. ET Monday.

Earlier in the day, local police described the suspect as a white male with short stature and “long” dark hair.

On Monday, a gunman opened fire from a rooftop at a Fourth of July parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, police said. Bullets killed hundreds of people scrambling for cover.

Officials said that five adults died on the spot in the firing incident and a sixth person died after being taken to the hospital. The age of the sixth victim is unclear. About two dozen injured were taken to hospitals, and others went for treatment. Dr Brigham Temple, an emergency medicine doctor at Northshore University Health System, said the injured were between the ages of 8 and 85.

Koveli said the police were going door-to-door helping in the search for the suspect.

Coveli said officers recovered a “high-powered rifle” from the scene at Highland Park and said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was investigating the weapon. Police urged people in the area to stay indoors while law enforcement searched for the gunman.

President Joe Biden He said he spoke with Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rottering and offered federal support.

“Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has again hurt an American community this Independence Day,” Biden said in a written statement.

The shooting comes just days after Congress passed the most important Gun Control Reform Bill in Decades, After recently signing that bill into law and now considering the Highland Park shooting, Biden said, “But there’s a lot of work to do, and I won’t give up fighting the gun violence epidemic.”

The Highland Park shooting came less than two months after a lone gunman fatally shot 10 black shoppers at a Buffalo, New York grocery store on May 14. Another gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. days later.

Portable chairs are left behind on Central Avenue after a mass shooting at the Fourth of July parade route in the wealthy Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois, on July 4, 2022.

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Larry Bloom, who was in the area when the shot began, told NBC Chicago That at first the audience thought the “popping” sound was part of the parade.

“You heard like ‘pop, pop, pop,’ and I think everybody thought maybe it was a display on one of the floats, and then it opened up,” Bloom said.

The shooting took place on the Independence Day parade route. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office urged people to stay out of the area to “allow law-enforcement and first responders to do their jobs.”

“This morning at 10:14 a.m., our community was terrorized by an act of violence that has shaken us,” Highland Park Mayor Rottering said at a news conference. “On the day we came together to celebrate community and freedom, we are instead mourning … the tragic loss of life and grieving the horror it brought upon us.”

Fourth of July Events in Other Chicago Suburbs – EvanstonDeerfield and Skokie — as NBC News reports — were called off in the wake of the shooting at Highland Park.

Highland Park, IL: First responders work at the scene of a shooting at the Fourth of July Parade on July 4, 2022 in Highland Park, Illinois.

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, Reuters contributed to this report.

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