Bystanders run away after hearing gunshots during shooting on July 4 parade in Illinois
Robert Crimo, the suspect in the mass shooting at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois, was charged Tuesday with seven first-degree murders.
If convicted, he faces life without the possibility of parole. More charges are expected to be announced in the coming days and weeks, including possible federal ones.
Authorities say the July 4 massacre was not the first time the 21-year-old has been linked to violence. In 2019, Mr Crimo threatened to “kill everyone” in his home, authorities have revealed.
Lake County Sheriff’s deputy chief Christopher Covelli said in a news conference Tuesday afternoon that officers were called to Robert E Crimo’s home in September 2019 and seized several knives, but did not arrest the suspect.
Mr Crimo is suspected of climbing a fire escape and firing more than 70 bullets into the July 4 crowd from a business rooftop, killing five, injuring two fatally and injuring dozens.
He was arrested about eight hours later after an intense manhunt.
Mr Covelli previously said the suspect had “planned his attack for several weeks” and dressed in women’s clothing as a disguise so that he could slip under the radar as he fled the crime scene.
The names of six of the seven victims have been released: Katherine Goldstein, 64, Irina McCarthy, 35, Kevin McCarthy, 37, Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63, Stephen Strauss, 88, and Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78.
WATCH: Official Highland Park Calls For Ban On Assault Weapons
Eric Rinehart, the state attorney for Lake County, has called on Illinois and the US at large to ban assault rifles.
Highland Park resident Mr Rinehart said Illinois already has a strong red flag law, but more needs to be done to prevent further gun tragedies.
“All the people who died within a stone’s throw lost their freedom, everything. Every ounce of freedom they had. The freedom to love. The freedom to learn. And the freedom to lead a full life,” said the prosecutor. “Their freedom is also important. We need to do more as we think and reflect on their freedom on July 5.”
Josh MarcusJuly 6, 2022 02:00
Robert Crimo: Videos of beheadings, glorifying school shootings and obsession with 47
Robert Crimo’s fixation on violence seems to have left the online world and spilled over into the real lives of innocent families, friends and locals who had gone to watch the July 4th parade in Highland Park.
Rachel Sharp has the details.
Josh MarcusJuly 6, 2022 01:40
What we know so far about the victims of the Highland Park mass shooting
A loving grandfather, a married couple with a two-year-old son and a schoolteacher are among the seven killed in the Independence Day mass shooting in Highland Park.
Josh MarcusJuly 6, 2022 01:20
Photo emerged of Robert Crimo disguised in women’s clothes to flee Highland Park shooting
The suspect in the Highland Park shooting “planned his attack several weeks in advance” and wore women’s clothing as a disguise so he could escape the scene of the mass shooting where he had just killed six victims, law enforcement officials said.
Josh MarcusJuly 6, 2022 01:00
WATCH: State Police Explain Why They Didn’t Stop Robert Crimo From Buying Guns
Earlier today, the Illinois state police explained how Robert Crimo III could legally apply for a gun ownership card.
Josh MarcusJuly 6, 2022 00:45
Should officials have done more to prevent Robert Crimo from getting a gun?
By the time he was believed to have committed the Highland Park shooting, Robert Crimo, 21, had five weapons, including two rifles, pistols and possibly a shotgun, according to police.
At the stage of the investigation, officials say it appears that Mr Crimo legally purchased the weapons in the Chicagoland area.
That’s despite two troubling incidents in 2019, when Mr. Crimo reportedly attempted suicide and later threatened to kill his entire family, and a “red flag” law in Illinois intended to keep guns off people at risk of violence. become.
The Illinois state police say that because neither incident resulted in charges, arrests or firearms seizures in 2019, there wasn’t enough for them to declare a clear and present danger and deny the FOID application.
Josh MarcusJuly 6, 2022 00:29
County attorney calls for assault weapons ban in Illinois ‘and beyond’ after Highland Park shooting
Lake County Attorney Eric Rinehart called for a state and state ban on assault weapons in the wake of the mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade that killed seven and injured dozens in Highland Park, Illinois.
Mr Rinehart, a resident of Highland Park, appeared at a news conference Tuesday afternoon to announce that Robert Crimo, the alleged Highland Park mass shooter, has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder and said further charges against Mr Crimo will be charged. follow.
He also used his platform to call on elected officials to strengthen gun control measures as the US grapples with yet another wave of mass shootings inflicted by alleged gunmen who legally purchased their firearms.
“We also need to ban assault weapons in Illinois and beyond,” Rinehart said. “The assault weapons ban was implemented in 1994 with bipartisan support and the support of law enforcement officers. It took ten years and studies have shown that mass shootings like yesterday happened in those ten years. We should have the same ban in Illinois and beyond.”
Abe Asher with the full report.
Josh MarcusJuly 6, 2022 00:10
Robert Crimo can face ‘dozens’ indictments in the coming days
Robert Crimo III, who has been charged with seven murders in the Highland Park shooting, could face “dozens” of charges in the coming days and months, state and federal officials said.
Authorities are still investigating how the 21-year-old bought guns and planned his attack, and whether anyone else is liable for helping him gain access to the multiple firearms he had in his possession.
Josh MarcusJuly 5, 2022 23:58
Robert Crimo faces life without parole after being charged with seven first degree murders over Highland Park shootings
Robert Crimo, the young man accused of attacking a July 4 parade in suburban Chicago, has been charged with seven first-degree murders.
Just 24 hours after authorities announced they had arrested the 21-year-old who allegedly assaulted the parade in Highland Park with a high-powered rifle, they said the seven charges were likely just the first and there could be more. follow. If convicted, it will lead to a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.
“In court, we will demand the maximum sentence against this perpetrator. Not because we seek revenge, but because justice and the healing process demand it,” said Lake County attorney Eric Rinehart.
Andrew Buncombe follows this breaking news story.
Josh MarcusJuly 5, 2022 11:47 PM
Robert Crimo indicted for seven murder charges
Robert Crimo III, the person involved in the Highland Park shooting, has been charged with seven counts of first degree murder.
If convicted, he would face a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Announcing the indictment, Lake County Attorney Eric Rinehart also called for an assault weapon ban and more education about Illinois’ already existing red flag law.
“We must do everything we can to ensure that the horror that characterized these streets, which reverberated through these buildings, never happens again,” he said.
Josh MarcusJuly 5, 2022 11:41 PM