A gunman opened fire on a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, Monday, killing at least six and wounding dozens more, according to authorities.
Several hours later, a witness reported spotting Robert Crimo III, who uses the pseudonym "Awake the Rapper," driving in his mother's silver Honda Fit. Police pulled him over after a brief chase and took him into custody.
Authorities said the suspect used at least one legally purchased firearm in the attack, which targeted a wealthy suburban enclave outside Chicago.
Here’s what we know about the sequence of events.
July 4, 2022
10 a.m. CT
Highland Park’s Fourth of July Parade kicks off at the intersection of Laurel and St. Johns Avenues, bound for Sunset Park.
Shots ring out above the intersection of Central Avenue and Second Street. Authorities say Crimo took a rooftop position and began shooting at parade spectators.
Video of the scene shared to social media shows a panicked crowd fleeing. Police say he fired about 70 rounds into the crowd while dressed in a woman’s clothing to conceal himself. Surveillance images show he was also wearing an American-flag patterned gaiter mask.
City authorities say five people out of more than 30 shot were killed at the scene. Another was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Crimo allegedly dropped an AR-15-style rifle at the scene and blended in with the crowd to flee to his mother’s house, where he got in her car and evaded capture for the next few hours.
Chief Deputy Chris Covelli, of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, tells reporters that investigators have recovered a "high-powered rifle" from the scene and were investigating the weapon’s origin. Authorities later said it had been purchased legally.
Authorities publicly identify 21-year-old Robert Crimo III as a person of interest, and later as a suspect, describing him as a White male with longer black hair, tattoos and a thin build. He was driving a silver 2010 Honda Fit.
Police capture Crimo without incident after spotting his vehicle on Route 41 near the intersection with Westleigh Road in Lake Forest. According to Covelli, officers found a second rifle in the vehicle, which Crimo allegedly drove from Highland Park toward North Chicago.
Police return him to Highland Park, where he remains in custody.
July 6, 2022
Crimo makes his first appearance in court at a bond hearing, appearing remotely via Zoom from a Highland Park jail.
Prosecutors allege he fired more than 80 rounds at a crowd of spectators before fleeing the scene dressed as a woman and with makeup concealing his tattoos.
He faces seven murder charges – but Lake County State's Attorney Eric Rinehart says he will be hit with dozens of additional charges centered around each victim.
Judge Theodore S. Potkonjak orders the mass shooting suspect held without bond.
After the hearing, authorities revealed another alarming detail about the case – he had driven to Madison, Wisconsin before his capture and allegedly considered a second attack.
"While he was driving, he located this celebration occurring in the Madison area, he contemplated another attack with the firearm he had in his car, "Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli told reporters Wednesday.