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6 dead and 2 dozen others wounded at parade in Chicago suburb; police identify person of interest, who remains at large

Jake Sheridan, Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas, Gregory Pratt, John Byrne, Steve Sadin, Karie Angell Luc, Rosemary Sobol, Jeremy Gorner and Lisa Schencker, Chicago Tribune on

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CHICAGO — A gunman opened fire on the Highland Park Independence Day parade, killing at least six people and wounding more than two dozen others in the latest mass shooting incident to terrorize an American community.

A person of interest had been identified late Monday afternoon, according to Highland Park police Chief Lou Jogman. Authorities were searching for Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, 22, believed to be driving a 2010 silver Honda Fit with license plate No. DM80653.

Officials said Crimo was allegedly the shooter who earlier had been described as a white man between 18 to 20 years old with long black hair, who was last seen wearing a white or blue shirt, and who reportedly opened fire from a rooftop with a high-powered rifle and targeted spectators, according to police. He remained at large as of Monday afternoon.

Highland Park Fire Chief Joe Schrage said at least one child was among the wounded and he was taken to an area hospital in critical condition. Schrage did not know the child’s age.

Highland Park is an idyllic suburb nearly 30 miles north of downtown Chicago bordering Lake Michigan. In 1998, Vanity Fair said the largely white and Jewish suburb “has the feel of a gated community without the actual gates.” Michael Jordan made his home there for a time when he was with the Bulls.

Video from the scene showed the chaos that unfolded Monday morning: Parents sat on the curb of the parade route enjoying the marching band when the young musicians suddenly started running, the instruments they had carefully worked to master held in front of them as they sprinted for their lives. Families rushed away from the parade route, leaving hundreds of empty lawn chairs, strollers, drinks and balloons behind. Children left bicycles, helmets and pacifiers.

 

More than two dozen people were injured at least six of them fatally shot, about 15 minutes into the northern suburb’s Fourth of July parade, according to police and the Lake County sheriff’s office.

The shooter, who police said began firing from a nearby rooftop, had not been caught or identified as of Monday afternoon, and the area around the parade route remained an active crime scene, according to Lake County Deputy Sheriff Chris Covelli. He urged people to stay in their homes and be careful.

“This person is not identified. By all means, at this point, this appears to be completely random,” Covelli said.

Highland Park police were called to the parade route in the area of Central Avenue and Second Street around 10:15 a.m. for a report of an active shooter, ”while an Independence Day Parade was in progress,” according to a statement from police.

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