Authorities arrested Robert Cremo, the 22-year-old man described by police as a “person of interest” in the fatal shooting attack on a motorcade on July 4.
Officials said Cremo was detained near Lake Forest, a suburb of Chicago six miles north of where the attack on the Independence Day parade was carried out. Six people were killed and at least 24 injured.
Speaking at a brief news conference Monday night, officials said Cremo was spotted by an officer in north Chicago who tried to start a traffic stop.
Cremo then fled and led the officers on a short chase before being stopped in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jugmen said he has been taken into custody without incident and will be transferred to the Highland Park Police Department.
Television crews showed the scene at a Lake Forest intersection, where a blue sedan was parked with all four doors open.
When asked about the authorities, she said that she still described Cremo as a “person of interest” while being investigated and linked to the site.
The attack, which came in the middle of the year and on the day families traditionally gather to celebrate, was just the latest in a seemingly endless series of shootings that the United States has failed to combat. In fact, there have been at least 250 mass shootings this year, with recent high-profile incidents tearing apart communities in Buffalo, New York, and Ovaldi, Texas.
President Joe Biden said Monday that he and First Lady Jill Biden were “shocked by the senseless gun violence that has once again soured the American community this Independence Day.”
He said he “urged federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter,” who remained at large at that point.
“It is devastating that a celebration of America is torn apart by the uniquely American Plague,” Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said at a news conference earlier today.
“I’m pissed that it doesn’t have to be this way…As we celebrate the Fourth of July only once a year, mass shootings have become a weekly American tradition — yes, weekly.”
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The shooting took place at a location on the parade route where several residents assembled key viewing points early in the day for the annual celebration.
Dozens of gunshots caused hundreds of showrunners to flee—some of whom looked bloodied.
“No place is safe,” said Highland Park resident Barbara Hart, 73, who had walked away from the show for fear of mass shootings.
“Several dead victims” died at the scene, and one was taken to a hospital and died there, Christopher Coveley, a spokesman for the Lake County Major Crime Squad, told a news conference.
Additional reporting by The Associated Press