Suspect wore women’s clothing to blend in with crowd after shooting, police say

The suspect in Monday’s mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, shot Independence Day parade goers from a rooftop. After firing “more than 70 rounds” into the crowd, he climbed out of the roof, dropped his rifle and mingled with the crowd to escape, according to Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.

“He walked to the house of his mother, who lived in the area, and mingled with everyone else as they ran around – almost as if he was also an innocent bystander. He borrowed the his mother’s vehicle,” Covelli detailed.

The shooter has been identified as Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III.

“We issued an alert yesterday afternoon,” Covelli continued, saying officials provided the vehicle and Crimo information.

Covelli thanked “an alert member of the community” who saw the vehicle and called 911.

“An alert North Chicago police officer spotted the vehicle, waited for additional rescue units to arrive, performed a traffic stop, and was able to safely apprehend Crimo without injuring officers,” Covelli added.

A second rifle – also purchased by Crimo – was found in the vehicle, Covelli added.

Currently, the suspect remains in custody and “by all indications it appears that Crimo was acting alone,” Covelli noted.

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