Alleged Highland Park parade shooter traveled to Madison after shooting, officials say

MADISON, Wis. — The alleged gunman who opened fire at a suburban Chicago Fourth of July parade, killing seven people and wounding dozens in the process, traveled to the Madison area following the shooting, officials said Tuesday.

Robert Crimo III allegedly fled the scene dressed in women’s clothing before driving to the Madison area and returning to Illinois, where he was arrested.

“He drove around to a number of places. He drove into Wisconsin and then he came back into Illinois; that’s when the alert person who recognized the vehicle description from (a) press briefing called 911 and he was stopped,” Christopher Covelli from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

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Police arrested Crimo hours after the shooting north of the scene, the Associated Press reported.

Investigators are still working to determine a motive. Crimo has reportedly been talking to investigators.

Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes declined to comment on the news in an interview with News 3 Now, but Barnes’ blog said the FBI reached out to area law enforcement about the incident.

“I think you should probably talk with the FBI on that. It’s their investigation. I’m not going to answer any questions regarding the initial investigation in Highland Park, where it may have led. I think that they will be more than willing to answer those questions for you.”

News 3 Now contacted the FBI’s field office in Milwaukee for more details about Crimo’s trip to the Madison area, but was referred to the Chicago task force investigating the shooting. Messages to that task force have not yet received a response.