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Suspected Highland Park parade gunner Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III, 22, GOT after “killing 6 and injuring dozens.”

THE suspect in the July 4 shooting that killed six and injured dozens more has been taken into custody.

Robert “Bobby” E Crimo III, 22, was arrested by police after an officer spotted him driving and a brief chase ensued.

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Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, 22, was arrested by police in connection with the Highland Park shootingPhoto credit: Highland Park Police
He was wanted by police in connection with the tragedy that killed six people

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He was wanted by police in connection with the tragedy that killed six peopleCredit: Facebook
Footage appears to show Crimo with his hands raised before police moved in and arrested him

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Footage appears to show Crimo with his hands raised before police moved in and arrested himPhoto credit: Twitter
Crimo was taken into custody after being spotted by a police officer while driving

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Crimo was taken into custody after being spotted by a police officer while drivingPhoto credit: Reuters
It was reported that Crimo was driving a 2010 Silver Honda Fit with license plate IL DM80653

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It was reported that Crimo was driving a 2010 Silver Honda Fit with license plate IL DM80653Credit: FBI

Crimo was taken to the Highland Park Police Department to be questioned about his possible involvement.

A North Chicago police officer spotted Crimo driving on 41 and Westleigh in Lake Forest, leading to a brief chase before Crimo pulled over and he was taken without incident.

He is reported to be driving a 2010 Silver Honda Fit, license plate IL DM80653.

Police said Crimo was armed and dangerous.

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To to the FBICrimo has the following tattoos: four crossed-out marks on his right cheek, red roses and green leaves on his neck, and cursive writing above his left eyebrow.

FBI agents appeared to search an apartment where the suspect reportedly lives with his father and uncle to local reporters.

Gunshots rang out just 10 minutes after a Fourth of July parade began in Highland Park, Illinois — about 25 miles north of Chicago — on Monday.

After the shooting, beach chairs, strollers, backpacks and blankets were left on the parade grounds as people took cover.

Highland Police believe the gunman climbed a ladder in an alleyway to get onto the roof of a shop and then opened fire on parade-goers.

“He was very discreet and very difficult to see,” said Chris Covelli, spokesman for the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force.

Shortly after the shooting, authorities seized a “high-powered rifle” believed to have been used in the mass shooting.

The suspect’s motive appears to be arbitrary, according to investigators.

“At this point, this certainly appears to be completely random,” Covelli said.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office said five victims, all adults, were pronounced dead at the scene, while a sixth victim died at a local hospital.

Nicolas Toledo, 78, has been identified as one of the six victims killed in the mass shooting, his family have confirmed CBS Chicago.

“We all feel pretty numb. We’re all pretty broken inside,” his granddaughter told the outlet.

First responders transported 23 people to area hospitals, as well as an unknown number of walk-ins.

Several witnesses told the Chicago-Sun Times they heard anywhere from 20 to 25 gunshots.

“I heard 20 to 25 shots in quick succession. So it couldn’t just have been a handgun or a shotgun,” Miles Zaremski told the outlet.

The witness said he saw “people in that area being shot,” including “a woman covered in blood.”

“It was a quiet, peaceful, beautiful morning, people enjoying the parade,” viewer Adrienne Drell told the Chicago-Sun Times.

“It’s scary to suddenly rip apart that peacefulness in a matter of seconds. You have nowhere to go, you cannot find peace. I think we’re breaking up.”

‘SOMETHING IS WRONG’

Witness Zoe Pawelczek told CNN parade-goers they initially thought the line of pops was a firework display given the occasion.

“And I thought something was wrong. I grabbed my dad and started running. Suddenly everyone behind us started running,” she said.

“I looked back about 20 feet away from me. I saw a girl get shot and killed.”

Pawelczek and her father hid behind a dumpster for about an hour before police took them to a sporting goods store and eventually escorted them back to their car, she said.

She saw a person who had been shot in the ear and had blood all over his face and another girl who was shot in the leg.

“It looked like a combat zone and it’s disgusting. It’s really gross,” she said.

Warren Fried, who attended the parade with his wife and seven-year-old twins, said he saw the police and ambulance drive past him at the parade and then heard a series of gunshots.

He said people started yelling “shooter” and “run” and he and his family fled to their car to be safe.

“People were hiding, kids were looking for their parents on the street, just in a state of shock,” Fried told CNN.

The shooting terrorized residents of the affluent Chicago suburb, where the average home is worth $535,000 and more than 75 percent of people age 25 and older have a college degree, according to U.S. Census data.

BIDEN TESTS GUN FORCE

President Joe Biden released a statement following the tragic event, saying he had been in touch with the Mayor of Highland and the Governor of Illinois.

“Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has once again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day.

“As always, we are grateful to first responders and law enforcement on the ground. I spoke to Governor Pritzker and Mayor Rotering and offered their communities the full support of the federal government.

“I have also called on federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter, who is currently at large.

“Members of the community should follow the direction of local leadership and I will be watching closely as we learn more about those whose lives have been lost and pray for those who are hospitalized with serious injuries,” he added.

Illinois Rep. Brad Schneider tweeted that he and his team were gathered at the front of the parade route when the shooting began.

“Hearing of the dead and other injured,” Schneider tweeted.

“My condolences to the family and loved ones; my prayers for the injured and my community; and my commitment to do everything in my power to keep our children, our cities, and our nation safer. Enough is enough!”

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The July 4 Highland Park parade should feature floats, marching bands, novelty groups, community entries and other special entertainment, the city said on its website.

Nearby suburbs canceled their July 4th parades after the shooting.

A witness described how she fled in terror as she and her father hid behind a dumpster

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A witness described how she fled in terror as she and her father hid behind a dumpsterCredit: EPA
A pool of blood on the parade ground

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A pool of blood on the parade groundCredit: AP
At least 24 people were injured in the shooting

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At least 24 people were injured in the shootingCredit: AP
A man runs for cover with his child in a stroller after gunfire erupted

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A man runs for cover with his child in a stroller after gunfire eruptedCredit: AP
Police believe the suspect's motive was an

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Police believe the suspect’s motive was an “incidental act”.Photo credit: Reuters

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