Police crime tape is seen near an American flag-themed sunglasses at the scene of the Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, Ill.

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Officials say a person of interest in the July Fourth mass shooting has been taken into custody.

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the 22-year-old attempted to flee, Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen said in a briefing Monday 4th July 2022  evening. 

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"A brief pursuit went on," but ultimately Crime gave himself up, Jogmen said, adding that he was "taken into custody without incident."

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The police chief said more information was needed to connect him to the shooting that left six dead and dozens of others injured.

Title Five of the six victims in the attack were adults who died at the scene, Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said at an earlier briefing. All five have been identified, and families are now being notified.

Highland Park Fire Chief Joe Schrage said a child who had been critically injured is among the roughly two dozen people taken to local hospitals. Some of the injuries include gunshot wounds to the abdomen and limbs.

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The shooter used a high-powered rifle, which is now being investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and was on the roof of a business.

President Joe Biden, who less than 10 days ago signed a bipartisan gun safety bill, issued a statement hours after the attack. 

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Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering said: "Our hearts go out to the families of the victims at this devastating time. On a day that we came together to celebrate community and freedom, we are instead mourning the tragic loss of life and struggling with the terror that was brought upon us."