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The "person of interest" in the Highland Park shooting, Robert Crimo III, was caught in north Chicago on Highway 41 after an officer spotted the car following the all-points bulletin that went out to the area.
During a 6:30 p.m. CDT briefing by police, the officer called for backup and attempted to initiate a traffic stop of Mr. Crimo. He took off and the officer took chase, with others who also moved in to stop him. They were able to get him stopped and make the arrest without incident.
Helicopter footage is showing police searching the vehicle, presumably looking for more possible weaponry.
A former police chief told MSNBC said that they will likely double-check fingerprints on the weapon recovered and check those with the person arrested. If those match they can officially declare him the "suspect."
The restrictions of the neighborhood have been lightened, reporters on the ground explained. People living in the area have been able to get back into their homes if they were away from the area or move from where they were sheltering in place.
More videos are being posted on social media showing a chaotic and frightening scene at a Highland Park Independence Day parade. While most were fleeing the scene, Dr. David Baum was running toward those falling.
"All of a sudden, you heard these Howitzer-type noises going off. Immediately people started screaming ‘Bodies down, shooter,’ and they all started scattering," he said.
"I told my family to run,” Baum recalled. He stayed, however, holding his location until the gunfire stopped. "Then I kind of just stuck around until I thought maybe, maybe there was no longer the threat."
“There were six bodies that were immediately assessed to be dead," he explained, describing them as "literally blown up by these bullets."
Police said during a briefing that the weapon recovered on the rooftop was a "high-powered rifle." They also reported that five were dead at the scene, but a sixth died at the hospital. Others were hit in their arms and legs.
"I saw horrific, devastating injuries, the kind that you normally see in a war," Dr. Baum continued.
He continued helping other emergency responders as those with injuries continued to seek medical attention.
“I don't think I need to describe the horrific nature of what the bullets did to those bodies, but it was horrific,” said Baum of the injuries. “As a physician for 33 years, blood doesn't bother me. But seeing people's heads blown up, and bodies eviscerated, would be disturbing to anyone who was there besides maybe a physician.”
"I do not want to be out there as anything other than, like, a physician who did not run for his life," Baum explained. "This is not hero stuff I did. The only thing I didn't do was run away."
The Highland Park mass shooting suspect was identified by police as Robert Eugene Crimo III, age 21, but will be 22, Sept. 20.
“We are assisting Highland Park Police with a shooting in the area of the Independence Day parade route. STAY OUT OF THE AREA – allow law enforcement and first responders to do their work,” the Lake County Sheriff tweeted.
He was spotted in north Chicago on Highway 41 and an officer attempted to stop him but he took off. Ultimately, he did come to a stop and was arrested. They are working to verify that he is the suspect before confirming it to the public.
\u201cBREAKING UPDATE: Police release picture of 22-year-old wanted in Highland Park manhunt https://t.co/jyXvKQ1Mtk\u201d— WGN TV News (@WGN TV News) 1656972780
According to police he goes by the name "Bobby," and internet searches show that he also went by the name "Awake The Rapper," with his first album release in 2016. Before it was taken down, a music video he had pinned on Twitter showed a cartoon of a school shooting as well as videos of himself in a school.
He had a YouTube account, Instagram and Twitter, but the Instagram account was taken down moments after police released his name.
He frequently uses a symbol on his site and social media that is similar to a Celtic shield knot for protection, but it is slightly different.
It appears that his father once had a sandwich shop, Bob's Pantry & Deli, on St. John's Ave., about a mile south of the shooting site. His father, Bob previously ran for mayor of Highland Park in April 2019 but lost. He was also a candidate for Highland Park City Council in 2013, but also did not win.
While Mr. Crimo's social media is relatively blank, he has "liked" a few tweets that indicate he may have political leanings to the right.
During the COVID crisis, the elder Crimo commented that he enjoyed the end of President Donald Trump's press conference in which he refused to allow female reporters to ask questions, calling one of them "nasty."
There is no indication that the younger Crimo held the same political leanings as his father. There is a photo of him standing in front of a Trump flag, however.
His videos have been removed from social media, but there are some screen captures of the cartoon posted showing a shooting. His other songs that he has posted include "I Am The Storm" and "Brainwashed."
\u201cThe suspect in the Highland Park shooting, Robert Crimo III, posted multiple disturbing videos on YouTube with violent imagery.\n\n"Like a sleepwalker unable to stop and think, my actions will be valiant. And my thought is unnecessary. I know what I have to do."\u201d— steven monacelli (@steven monacelli) 1656974098
\u201cHighland Park shooter Robert Crimo, aka "Awake the Rapper" recently put out an EP called Brainwashed featuring what looks like an armed elf and a song called "I Am the Storm." So it's not like it wasn't entirely a surprise.\u201d— Mike Rothschild (@Mike Rothschild) 1656974142