July 4, 2022 Highland Park, Illinois, parade shooting

By Aditi Sangal, Elise Hammond, Maureen Chowdhury, Mike Hayes, Melissa Macaya, Steve Almasy and Ritu Prasad, CNN

Updated 3:48 p.m. ET, July 5, 2022
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11:05 p.m. ET, July 4, 2022

Robert E. Crimo III taken into custody as a person of interest connected to Highland Park parade shooting

From CNN’s Jamiel Lynch

The scene where Crimo was reportedly taken into custody.
The scene where Crimo was reportedly taken into custody. (WLS)

Robert E. Crimo III has been taken into custody near Lake Forest, Illinois, authorities said during a brief news conference just before 8 p.m. ET.

Authorities said Crimo was spotted by a North Chicago officer who attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Crimo then fled and led officers on a brief pursuit before being stopped in Lake Forest, Illinois.

He was taken into custody without incident and will be taken to the Highland Park police department. 

When asked, authorities said they are still calling Crimo a “person of interest” while they investigate and connect him to the scene. 

8:01 p.m. ET, July 4, 2022

Video shows gunshots ringing out as people flee the scene of Highland Park parade shooting

From CNN’s Amanda Jackson

Rainan Lowrey, 19, was in his apartment overlooking the parade route in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday when he heard gunshots. Lowrey said he didn’t realize they were gunshots at first and thought the noise was from fireworks.  

“I saw everyone look confused and then running in terror,” he told CNN. “I’m a photographer and videographer so my instinct was to record.” 

In a video Lowrey recorded, gunshots can be heard immediately, and people can be seen fleeing the scene. The video continues with more sounds of gunshots -- for nearly 20 seconds in the minute-long video -- and people can be heard screaming.

After he ended his recording, Lowrey said he went downstairs and, along with other neighbors, let people into the building's lobby to get to safety.

“I’ve never experienced anything like this,” he said. “You don’t expect something like this to happen.”

He said that police later searched his apartment building and that he has shared the video he recorded with the authorities.

Watch the video:

3:48 p.m. ET, July 5, 2022

Illinois senator pledges support to Highland Park community

From CNN’s Chuck Johnston

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Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth said she is working to help get the Highland Park community any resources they need, both in regards to the manhunt for the suspect that is currently underway and also in the weeks and months ahead as people recover from the tragedy.

“My heart goes out to those families who will never see their loved ones again. And I’ve it clear to be Governor Pritzker and Mayor Rotering that I would do whatever I can at the federal level to get them resources they need, not just to catch the shooter but to help Highland Park,” Duckworth said. 

Duckworth said she’s been in touch with President Biden and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, who she said have both pledged to send resources that are needed.

“This morning, I got up like most Americans, like the families of the six who were killed, to celebrate life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Those six families no longer have that opportunity,” Duckworth said.

3:48 p.m. ET, July 5, 2022

"There are no words" to lessen the pain: Illinois governor speaks to families of those killed in shooting

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In a speech Monday evening hours after a mass shooting killed six people, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker addressed the Highland Park community, saying "there are no words" to describe the loss and grief the families of those killed and injured feel this holiday. after a gunman opened fire during a July 4th parade.

"The families of six individuals woke up today to join a community celebration of our nation's Independence. They will go to bed tonight less than whole," he said.

"There are no words for the kind of evil that shows up at a public celebration of freedom, hides on a roof and shoots innocent people with an assault rifle. There are no words I can offer to lessen the pain of those families who will no longer associate the 4th of July with the celebration, but instead with grief," Pritzker added.

The governor said he had spoken to President Biden, who has pledged federal support. He also said the state of Illinois will make resources available to those who were affected by the shooting. Law enforcement are currently still searching for the suspect, and have identified a person of interest.

"It is devastating that a celebration of America was ripped apart by our uniquely American plague," Pritzker said. "A day dedicated to freedom has put into stark relief the one freedom we, as a nation, refused to uphold. The freedom of our fellow citizens to live without the daily fear of gun violence."

7:10 p.m. ET, July 4, 2022

FBI urges public to submit shooting tips and information to new webpage

From CNN's Josh Campbell and Amanda Musa 

The FBI has established an intake platform where members of the public can upload digital info and tips relating to the deadly shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, Monday.

FBI-Chicago requests that anyone with information regarding the shooting incident submit it to the following number: 1-800-CALLFBI

Further, digital media, including video and photographs may be submitted to:https://www.fbi.gov/highlandpark

The shooting is still an active and ongoing investigation, according to the FBI-Chicago.

3:47 p.m. ET, July 5, 2022

Police identify a person of interest in Highland Park parade shooting

From CNN’s Joe Sutton

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(City of Highland Park)

Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen said they have identified a person of interest, Robert E. Crimo III, who is being sought for his alleged involvement in the mass shooting at this morning’s July 4th parade.

Crimo has not been named as a suspect, and CNN is seeking further information on why police have named him a person of interest.

Crimo is believed to be driving a 2010 silver Honda Fit with Illinois license plate DM80653.

Numerous law enforcement agencies are working to apprehend him.

He is considered armed and dangerous, officials said.

This post has been updated with the latest information.

6:36 p.m. ET, July 4, 2022

Members of Highland Park High School band and football team are safe, school district’s superintendent says

From CNN’s Joe Sutton

All members of the Highland Park High School band and football team — which were each involved this morning’s July 4th parade — are safe, according to a statement from the school district’s superintendent.

“We are told that all the members of our Highland Park High School Band and our Band Director performing at today’s event are safe. Members of the Highland Park High School Football Team who were marching in the parade are also safe. At this time, we do not have any information about students or staff who may have been at the event as attendees,” superintendent Bruce Law said. 

Highland Park High School will have counselors available for students and staff members tomorrow, the statement noted. 

“It goes without saying that yet another incident of gun violence has caused irreparable harm and hurt…” Law said. “Please, do not hesitate to reach out if you or someone in your family needs to talk.”

6:19 p.m. ET, July 4, 2022

Injured victims ranged in age from 8 to 85, doctor says

From CNN’s Chuck Johnston

A total of 26 patients were received at Highland Park Hospital, according to Dr. Brigham Temple, medical director of NorthShore University Health System.

Here's what he said about the patients:

  • Ten of those individuals came by ambulance, according to Temple. 
  • Temple said 25 of those individuals did sustain gunshot wound injuries.
  • Temple says that 19 of the 25 gunshot victims were treated and have been discharged home.
  • Two patients were transported to Evanston Hospital, Temple said.
  • The patients ranged in age from 8 years old to 85 years old, according to Temple.
  • Four or five of the patients were children, according to Temple.
6:19 p.m. ET, July 4, 2022

Catch up: Here's what to know so far about the deadly 4th of July parade shooting in Highland Park

From CNN staff

A woman wipes tears after a shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, on July 4.
A woman wipes tears after a shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, on July 4. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

At least six people were killed and two dozen were injured in a shooting at a 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois. It marks at least the 308th mass shooting in the US this year, according to data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit tracking such incidents.

Highland Park Police is leading the investigation and the Lake County Major Crime Task Force is working directly with the FBI, said Chris Covelli, spokesperson for the task force, in a news conference. The suspect is still at large and considered to be armed and dangerous.

Here's what we know so far as the manhunt continues:

  • Where it happened: Highland Park, Illinois, is located about 25 miles north of downtown Chicago. Police say the shooting started about 20 minutes from the start of the parade.
  • The suspected shooter: Cmdr. Chris O’Neil, incident commander, said on Monday that the suspect is a White male between 18-20 years old, has longer black hair, a small build and is wearing a white or blue t-shirt. The suspect has not been identified. Police say they combed through social media to try to identify threats on the parade, but said the suspect was "discreet."
  • The shooting: Sgt. Christopher Covelli, from the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, said police have recovered a "high-powered rifle" on the rooftop of a business. Police say they believe the shooter was on the rooftop when he opened fire. Covelli said the suspect likely accessed the roof from a ladder in an alley. Officials have not disclosed where the building is specifically. A firearm that was recovered in Highland Park after the shooting is being urgently traced to figure out who purchased the weapon and where it came from, according to Kim Nerheim, spokesperson with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
  • The victims: Five of the people that were killed during the shooting died at the scene, Jennifer Banek, the Lake County coroner, said. All of those people were adults, she said. Another person died after they were transported to a local hospital, she added. Covelli said that it appeared that spectators and parade participants were targeted. Dr. Brigham Temple, of the NorthShore University Health System, said 26 people in total were brought to the hospital and 25 had gunshot injuries. At least 19 people were treated and discharged home. The victims age ranged from 8 to 85 years old, Temple added.
  • Witnesses: Several people who attended the parade told CNN they thought the gunshots were fireworks at first. Zoe Pawelczak said when she realized something was wrong, she grabbed her dad and started running. Others described the scene as chaotic as people ran away and took shelter.

Authorities are asking that anyone with photos or videos from the parade when the shooting started to contact Highland Park police at 847 432-7720.

CNN'S Eric Levenson, Adrienne Broaddus, Shawn Nottingham and Brynn Gingras contributed reporting to this post.