Shocking moment police apprehend suspected Highland Park parade ‘shooter’
Shocking footage shows the dramatic moment a suspected July 4 parade shooter was arrested after allegedly gunning down six.
Six people were shot dead and 30 others were left injured in the holiday tragedy.
Crimo was arrested when cops hunted down the silver Honda Fit that he was driving - hours after the deadly sniper attack at the parade.
Footage shared online shows Crimo being held down and cuffed by police just outside of Chicago.
He was seen with his face on the ground as cops swooped in on him.
The capture comes after the alleged gunman was spotted around 6.30pm local time when officers tried to stop him - but he sped away, prompting a brief pursuit before he came to a stop.
He was taken into custody “without incident" and charges are pending as police continue to investigate.
The FBI put out an alert about Crimo, detailing his appearance and tattoos as they appealed for information.
Crimo posted videos on a YouTube channel that has since been terminated due to violating community guidelines.
Several of these videos contained music created by him, along with disturbing videos to accompany the tracks.
In 2019, the amateur rapper's father, Bob Crimo, ran a mayoral campaign in the neighborhood with the slogan, “A Person for the People,” however, he was unsuccessful, reported Fox News.
Beach chairs, baby strollers, backpacks, and blankets were found strewn across the parade grounds as revelers sought cover.
Highland police believed the shooter scaled a ladder in an alley to access the roof of a business and then proceeded to open fire at parade-goers.
“He was very discreet and very difficult to see,” Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Chris Covelli said.
Authorities recovered a "high-powered rifle" believed to have been used in the mass shooting.
The suspect's motive appeared to be random, investigators said before they named Crimo as the person of interest.
"By all means, at this point, this appears to be completely random," Covelli said.
The Lake County coroner's office said five victims, all adults, were declared dead at the scene, while a sixth victim died at a local hospital.
Nicolas Toledo, 78, was identified as one of the six victims killed in the mass shooting, his family confirmed to CBS Chicago.
“We are all feeling pretty numb. We’re all pretty broken inside,” his granddaughter told the outlet.
ABC News named Jacki Sundheim as another victim in the tragedy.
First responders transported 23 people to area hospitals plus an unknown number of walk-ins.
Several witnesses told the Chicago-Sun Times that they heard about 20-25 shots fired.
“I heard 20 to 25 shots, which were in rapid succession. So it couldn’t have been just a handgun or a shotgun,” Miles Zaremski told the outlet.
The witness said he saw "people in that area that got shot,” including “a woman covered with blood."
“It was a quiet, peaceful, lovely morning, people were enjoying the parade,” bystander Adrienne Drell told the Chicago-Sun Times.
“Within seconds, to have that peacefulness suddenly ripped apart, it’s scary. You can’t go anywhere, you can’t find peace. I think we are falling apart.”
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