AT least six are dead and dozens are injured after a shooting at a Fourth of July parade, and one father chillingly described how he hid his son from the shooter.
The Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois — about 25 miles north of Chicago — descended into chaos 10 minutes into its start after a gunman opened fire on parade-goers.
One father described to WGN9 how he hid his son during the shooting.
“He reloaded, and then that’s when I grabbed my son and I ran around the corner and I put him in a dumpster, a garbage dumpster,” he said.
“And I asked some people to stay there with him because I had to go back to find the rest of my family.”
Blankets and chairs were left strewn along the parade route as people abandoned their belongings to run for safety.
Law enforcement sources confirmed that six people have been killed and 31 others have been hospitalized.
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The FBI Chicago Twitter page shared a photo of the suspect’s vehicle.
“DO NOT APPROACH,” the agency warned.
“Call 1-800-CALL-FBI if you know his location. He may be traveling in a silver Honda Fit IL plate DM80653.”
FBI asks for information
The FBI is asking for photos or videos related to the Highland Park shooting.
FBI Most Wanted also issued a tweet, confirming the FBI is assisting in the search for suspect Robert E. Crimo.
FBI details uspect’s tattoos
Robert E Crimo has these tattoos, according to the FBI: four tally marks with a line through them on his right cheek, red roses and green leaves on his neck, and cursive script above his left eyebrow.
US Sen Tammy Duckworth speaks
“My heart goes out to the families who will never see their loved ones again,” said the senator.
“We have to do more to keep our community safe.”
“I’m furious that more innocent lives were taken by gun violence,” said Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.
“I’m furious because it does not have to be this way.”
The governor went on to say that mass shootings have become a “weekly American tradition.”
“We as a nation deserve better.”
Illinois Governor speaks
“Lives were saved because the Highland Park police department courageously protected and served their community,” said Illinois Governor JB Pritzker at a press conference.
“This murderer will be brought to justice.”
Person of interest photo released
Bobby Crimo is 22 years old and has long hair and a small tattoo under his eye.
License plate revealed
Police revealed Robert E Crimo’s license plate number: DM80653
He is believed to be driving a silver 2010 Honda Fit and is considered to be armed and dangerous.
Person of interest identified
Robert E Crimo III, 22, has been identified as a person of interest.
He is believed to be driving a 2010 silver Honda Fit and is considered armed and dangerous, according to authorities.
“Our investigators have been working tirelessly,” said Lou Jogmen, Chief of Police.
One Mexican national killed
Mexican Foreign Secretary Ebrard has confirmed that one Mexican national was killed and two others were injured during the mass shooting at a parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
Five dead on the scene
Jennifer Banke of the county coroner announced five victims died at the scene and one person died while being transferred to the hospital.
She also said many others drove themselves to the hospital with injuries related to the shooting.
At least one victim was a child who had been critically injured.
Gunshot wounds carried from the abdomen to limb.
Two patients still admitted
Only two patients remain at Highland Park Hospital, and they are in stable condition.
The other victims were either discharged or transferred to other facilities.
Victims range from 8 to 85
Brigham Temple, medical director of Highland Park Hospital, revealed that the youngest patient is eight years old, and the oldest is 85.
“It is a little surreal to have to take care of an event such as this,” he said. “But all of us have gone through extensive training.”
26 victims treated at Highland Park Hospital
Brigham Temple, medical director of Highland Park Hospital, said the hospital received 26 total patients by ambulance.
He went on to say that the hospital went into lockdown as an additional safety protocol.
25 of the 26 victims sustained gunshot injuries, and some of them were in critical condition when they arrived at the hospital.
19 were treated and discharged home.
However, “several others did arrive in more serious conditions,” Temple said.
Still an ‘ongoing emergency’
Michael Verden, of the Lake County Group, told WGN9 this is still an ongoing emergency.
Using the Boston Marathon as an example, Verden said in crowded areas it’s easy for someone to slip into a crowd and quickly slip out without being noticed.
Officials have confirmed six people have died, and 24 have been hospitalized in varying conditions.
Highland Park’s Mayor Nancy Rotering said the rest of the July 4 festival has been canceled, reports WGN9.
Band plays as shots ring out
In the video below, as the marching plays the shots can barely be heard.
The only giveaway that something had happened is the reaction of spectators as they quickly run for cover.
Highland Park is a ‘peaceful suburb’
Highland Park is one of the most affluent cities in Illinois.
Its residents include two billionaires, and the median household income is over $218,000.
Police recovered a “high-powered rifle” from the scene of that mass shooting.
Authorities believe that the gunman, who is still on the loose, is between the ages of 18 to 20 years old with long dark hair.
A reunification center for families and groups is at the Highland Police Department.
Many areas are sheltered in place as the shooter hasn’t been caught.
‘Random but intentional’
Police say the suspect fired down into the parade from a nearby roof.
He was “discreet” during the mass shooting.
Victims were pronounced dead at the scene and also at a local hospital.
The shooting began around 10.14am.
Police said that officers ran to the plaza area, where numerous people appeared injured and where the sound of the gunfire was coming from.
Violence in the area ‘unusual’
Several residents shared the same sentiment that Highland Park usually has a very low crime rate.
One person shared how his wife was offered rides home by several people as she was out for a walk around the time the shooting took place.
Other events canceled
Similar Fourth of July events in the area, such as Fourth Fest, have been canceled.
Highland Park’s July 4th parade was expected to feature floats, marching bands, novelty groups, community entries, and other special entertainment, the city said on its website.
The village of Deerfield canceled its Family Days at Jewett Park following the shooting at Highland Park.