The man who was arrested as a person of interest in the Highland Park shooting on the 4th of July holiday has reportedly been tracked down by authorities who took a DNA sample from the gun found at the scene, NBC 5 . Reports.
On Monday evening, Robert “Bobby” Cremo, 22, was taken into police custody after an hours-long chase around a Chicago suburb, in which a mass shooting killed at least six people and injured 36 others.
Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jugmen said a police officer stopped the 22-year-old about five miles north of the shooting site, several hours after authorities released the man’s photo and that of his silver Honda Fit and warned the public that he was. It is likely to be armed and dangerous.
according to NBC 5 ChicagoCremo’s identity was first revealed to authorities due to DNA collected from the gun that was discovered at the scene.
Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted an emergency tracing of the gun, agency spokesman April Langwell told The Associated Press on Monday. Federal agents conduct such tracking to determine when, where, and to whom the gun was last sold.
NBC5 later confirmed that this fast-track was how authorities narrowed Kremo as an important person in the case.
Police refused to immediately identify him as a suspect, but said that identifying him as a person of interest and making his name and other information public was a serious step.
Mr. Cremo was taken into custody after a brief chase near Lake Forest, a suburb of Chicago, about six miles from the site of the massacre, a few hours after firing a high-powered rifle into a crowd enjoying a July 4 parade.
The suspect in the mass shooting appeared to have taken a sniper position on a rooftop before shooting and creating scenes of chaos as people fled in search of a hideout to save their lives.