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A person of interest has been identified in Monday’s deadly shooting at a July 4 parade outside Chicago, authorities said.
Officials said it was 22-year-old Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III, who was driving a silver 2010 Honda Fit.
The shooter opened fire with a ‘high-powered rifle’ while on a rooftop in Tony’s suburb of Highland Park minutes into the parade, where six people died and 24 others were injured .
UPDATE: The suspect is still on the loose … but police have now identified 22-year-old Robert ‘Bobby’ E. Crimo III as a person of interest. The suspected shooter is believed to be armed and dangerous. https://t.co/1XNFefhT53
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The killer “was very military, methodical in the way he dodged and shot,” a WGN TV participant said.
Investigators found a rifle believed to have been used in the massacre at the scene.
Jeff Leon, 57, told CNN the gunshots sounded like firecrackers and at first thought the noise was part of the parade.
“The police started to react and I saw people falling,” he said.
The chaotic footage showed distraught onlookers – some of them bloodied – running for their lives as gunfire rang out.
Leon said people started hiding behind cars to stay out of sight.
Another witness told CNN she hid in the basement of a sporting goods store and saw several injured victims prowling the scene in a bloody daze.
He said a distraught father put his son in a dumpster for safety before heading out to find other relatives.
Footage from the scene showed abandoned strollers and blankets in the chaos.
Police said officers ran towards the shooting, but the shooter stopped firing before they arrived.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker pledged additional resources in the wake of the violence.
“State Police are in place and we have made all state resources available to the community,” he tweeted. “We will continue to work with local authorities to help those affected.”
Rep. Brad Schneider, whose district includes Highland Park, said he was gathered at the start of the parade route when the shooting took place.
“Hear the dead and the other wounded. My condolences to the family and loved ones; my prayers for the injured and for my community,” Schneider tweeted. “Enough is enough!”
Local resident Debbie Glickman said she was in a train car when the shooting broke out.
“People started saying, ‘There’s a shooter! There’s a shooter! There’s a shooter!'” Glickman said. “So we just walked. We just walked. It’s like mass chaos out there.”
“I’m so mad… It’s so sad,” she said.
Highland Park is about a 30-minute drive from Chicago.