Here’s what we know so far about what happened during the parade shooting that killed 6 people

Members of the FBI walk the scene one day after the shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, on Tuesday. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Police are releasing new details about what they believe happened during a shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, that killed six people on Monday. The suspected gunman, Robert E. Crimo III, is in custody but has not yet been charged.

Police say the shooting suspect used a “high-powered rifle” — which was purchased legally in Illinois — to shoot more than 70 rounds into the crowd from the roof of a building. Law enforcement said they have not yet determined a motive, but they believe the attack was planned for several weeks.

Here’s what else police say happened:

  • The suspected gunman was dressed in women’s clothing during the attack and investigators believe he did so to conceal his facial tattoos and his identity, according to Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli, a spokesperson for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. After the shooting, the suspect exited the roof, dropped his rifle and blended in with the crowd as he escaped, police say.
  • After the shooting, police say the suspect walked to his mother’s house and took her vehicle. Police released the information about the vehicle on Monday afternoon, and someone called 911 when they saw Crimo and the car, Covelli said.
  • When officers pulled over the vehicle, they found a second rifle — also purchased by Crimo, Covelli said. He said that police believe the suspected shooter acted alone.
  • Police in Highwood, Illinois – the hometown of Crimo — had no prior crime-related interactions with the suspected shooter, said Highwood Police Department Chief Dave Wentz.

What comes next:

Covelli said that investigators are not ready to announce charges yet against the shooting suspect. He added that investigators are still developing leads and reviewing “critical information.” Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering told CNN she expects charges to be announced later Tuesday.

At the same time, FBI agents today have been inspecting belongings left behind by people attending the July 4th parade in the city yesterday, including folding chairs, blankets and a child’s car stroller. News Source CNN

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