The alleged shooter of the July 4 Parade in Illinois that killed over six people and injured dozens of others was arrested on Monday, with the killer revealed to be an online rapper who has appeared to have flirted with far-right imagery and ideology.

Robert “Bobby” Crimo, a 22-year-old man who is also known online as Awake the Rapper, was arrested on Monday in Highland Park after being identified as a person of interest in the July 4 Parade shooting that left multiple victims dead in its aftermath, according to the Daily Beast.

Crimo was arrested in the suburbs, and reportedly gave chase to the police before being arrested eight hours after the shooting. Five people died at the scene of the crime in the parade itself while one died after being rushed to a local hospital, CBS News reported.

“By all means, at this point, this appears to be completely random,” Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Chris Covelli said. “We don't know what his intentions are at this point. So, certainly, we're not sure of that.”

Crimo’s online presence includes him rapping while animated images which suggest school shootings and mass murder scroll through the screen. Some of his social media pictures include him wearing a Trump flag, and his face is littered with different tattoos above and below his eyes.

“The family's been in the area for a long time,” a neighbor of Crimo said. “We don't really know him, but we see him riding around the neighborhood. We never had any interaction with him, other than we just see him driving around.”

The attack in Highland Park has left many devastated at the killings, with Mayor Nancy Rotering appearing in the media to inform them of the law enforcement’s movements as well as to bring voice to the sadness of the town.

“Our community was terrorized by an act of violence that has shaken us to our core. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims during this devastating time. On a day that we came together to celebrate community and freedom, we're instead mourning the loss, the tragic loss of life, and struggling with the terror that was brought upon us,” she said.

“This murderer will be brought to justice,” Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said. “There are no words for the kind of evil that shows up at a public celebration of freedom, hides on a roof, and shoots innocent people with an assault rifle.”

A 22-year-old Internet rapper was arrested on Monday after police linked him to the shooting of a July 4 Parade that left six people dead and dozens of others injured. This is a representational image. Andy Montes de Oca/Unsplash.

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