A gunman firing from a rooftop killed six people and injured dozens more during a July 4 celebration in Highland Park, Illinois on Monday morning. A 22-year-old man whom authorities described as a “person of interest” has been taken into custody after an hours-long manhunt.
Here’s what we know so far.
A “person of interest” was in custody.
Police have not charged the man and said the investigation is in its early stages.
For hours after the shooting, hundreds of police fanned out across the area in search of the suspect, who they said was armed and dangerous. At approximately 6:30 p.m., officers attempted to stop a Honda Fit matching the license plate belonging to Robert E. Crimo III, a man they identified as a person of interest. When the officers tried to arrest him, he briefly led the police on a chase before being taken into custody.
Federal and local police were continuing to investigate the scene along the parade route, where lawn chairs, strollers and blankets remained strewn about, a sign of the chaos and terror that followed the shooting.
Among the victims were a 76-year-old grandfather and a synagogue staff member.
Six people were killed and dozens more, aged between 8 and 85, were injured. Most of their identities have not been revealed.
One of the six dead, Nicolas Toledo, 76, was sitting along the route in his wheelchair when he was shot at least three times, according to his granddaughter. Her son and her granddaughter’s boyfriend were also shot dead.
Another, Jacki Sundheim, a member of North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, Ill., was identified by the synagogue, where she had worked as an events coordinator and teacher.
A high-powered rifle was used in the shooting.
Authorities said they recovered a high-powered rifle from the scene of the shooting, which appeared to match witnesses’ description of events.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives performs tests on the recovered weapon and ammunition.
It was one of many shootings in recent days.
The shooting in Highland Park was the fourth in Illinois since Friday in which at least four people were shot, according to Gun Violence Archive. The state has one of the strictest gun safety laws — universal background checks, red flag warnings and safe storage requirements — but is surrounded by states with fewer gun safety restrictions. possession of firearms.
Just 10 hours before the parade shooting, around midnight, five people were shot dead in a residential complex in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood of Chicago’s South End. On Friday, two people were killed and seven injured in two separate shootings in Chicago, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
Also on Monday, shootings left four or more people injured across the country in Boston, Sacramento, Kansas City, Missouri and Richmond, Virginia, the group reported.