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Police identify person of interest in July Fourth parade shooting

Illinois July 4 parade shooting suspect Robert Bobby E. Crimo III. Photo courtesy of authorities.

Police identify person of interest in July Fourth parade shooting

Daniel Chaitin

July 04, 05:56 PM July 04, 06:57 PM

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A person of interest was identified by authorities in connection to the deadly shooting at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois, north of Chicago.

This person is Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III, 22, who is believed to be driving a 2010 silver Honda Fit, according to police. The Illinois license plate number is DM80653.

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Crimo is considered armed and dangerous, police said. Crimo is from the area, officials added. Police released a photo soon after.

Further details about Crimo’s whereabouts were not immediately provided.

Six people were killed and at least two dozen others were hospitalized after the morning shooting, according to officials. Those hospitalized have ages ranging from 8 to 85 and some were in critical condition, according to officials.

The suspect previously was described as a white male approximately 18 to 20 years old with longer black hair, a small build, and wearing a white or blue T-shirt. Local, state, and federal authorities are assisting with the search and investigation. The FBI’s field office in Chicago said it has deployed resources to the scene and encouraged members of the public to contact the bureau’s tip line.

Firearm evidence was located at the scene on the rooftop of a local business, where officials said a later with access to the roof was left unsecured. The gun believed to have been used by the suspect is a “high-powered rifle,” police said. As of 3:25 p.m. local time, the parade route and the central business district remained an active crime scene and people there should continue to shelter in place, police said. This area entails Green Bay Road to Laurel Avenue to St. John’s Avenue to Elm Place.

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Officials said in the afternoon that there was no indication of there being more than one shooter. The gunman fled the scene quickly as law enforcement responded to the shooting, authorities said.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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