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Chicago shooting: Person of interest in custody after six dead in July 4 parade attack

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CHICAGO: At least six people were killed in the horror July 4 attack, with the US still raw from a string of recent mass shootings

A person of interest has been arrested after six people were killed in a July 4 parade shooting in Chicago, shattering Independence Day celebrations.

Police confirmed Robert E “Bobby” Crimo III, 22, had been “taken into custody without incident” on Monday evening following a manhunt spanning several hours.

Authorities said the man was spotted driving on a highway outside Chicago and then stopped by police following a brief chase.

Mr Crimo remains in custody at the Highland Park Police Department.

Robert E “Bobby” Crimo lll, who police have named as a person of interest in the shooting CREDIT: City of Highland Park, Illinois Government

The attack left around 30 people injured as parade-goers scattered in panic when a gunman opened fire from a rooftop about three-quarters of the way through the event, about 10.15am local time.

Bloodied parade-goers fled in panic, leaving blankets, water bottles, coffee cups and parade paraphernalia strewn on the streets of Highland Park.

Baby strollers adorned with American flags were abandoned as parents sought safety where they could.

Some revellers sought refuge in a filling station, while others cowered behind skips and beneath cars.

One man put his child in a skip in the hope of keeping the infant out of the line of fire.

The attack was the third mass shooting in the US in a month and a half, following the killing of 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York and the shooting of 19 children and two teachers at a school in in Uvalde, Texas.

In a separate July 4 incident, two police officers were also shot in Philadelphia near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as thousands celebrated at a concert and fireworks show.

“There is a security incident on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway,” emergency authorities said.

The five people who died at the scene in Chicago were adults and a sixth person later died in hospital as a result of their injuries.

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