Highland Park July 4 parade shooting: What we know so far
- The July 4 parade began around 10 a.m. on Monday
- It was suddenly halted about 10 minutes later after shots were fired
- At least five people were killed
Here's what we know so far about the shooting -
1. The July 4 parade began around 10 am on Monday but it was suddenly halted about 10 minutes later after shots were fired.
2. Highland Park Police said in a statement that six people had been killed and 24 people were taken to hospitals, Associated Press reported.
3. Police believe the suspect likely fired on the festivities from a rooftop and was on the run as of Monday afternoon.
4. Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen stated that a person of interest in the mass shooting during this morning's July 4th parade has been identified. Robert E. Crimo III, 22, is the man's name. He is thought to be driving a silver 2010 Honda Fit with the Illinois licence plate DM80653. According to officials, he is armed and dangerous.
A CBS report suggests, Crimo has been taken into custody.
5. Brad Schneider, who represents Illinois' 10th District in the United States Congress, tweeted that he was at the parade when the shooting took place.
"Today a shooter struck in Highland Park during the Independence Day parade. My campaign team and I were gathering at the start of the parade when the shooting started. My team and I are safe and secure. We are monitoring the situation closely and in touch with the Mayor," he tweeted.
6. Rep. Bob Morgan, who was also at the parade, confirmed that he was safe.
"For those unaware, there was a shooting at the Highland Park Parade. I am ok but there have been multiple injuries. Please stay out of the area, stay safe, and please pray for those injured," Morgan, who represents Illinois' 58th District, tweeted.
7. Highland Park's fourth fest, which was supposed to start immediately after the end of the parade, was cancelled.
"Highland Park Police are responding to an incident in downtown Highland Park. Fourth Fest has been canceled. Please avoid downtown Highland Park. More information will be shared as it becomes available," Mayor Nancy Rotering tweeted.