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: How the Highland Park Shooting Played Out on the Ground
The July 4 festivities turned into bloody mayhem in the Illinois town of Highland Park, as gunshots were heard over the festive music and spectators screaming ran for their lives.
The video appeared to have been captured from a teenage reveler’s cell phone and began showing families sitting on the curb watching a marching band pass by.
But suddenly the band members started running and sprinted away towards the parade route as spectators started jumping from the ground.
Josh MarcusJuly 6, 2022 04:00
Community members in shock when Robert Crimo was accused of shooting in Highland Park
Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering has revealed she once served as Cub Scout leader for Robert Crimo, the 22-year-old charged with seven murders for the July 4 mass shooting that left seven dead and dozens injured.
In conversation with NBC Show today host Hoda Kotb on Tuesday morning, Ms. Rotering explained that she could not say whether Mr Crimo was known to authorities before the Independence Day shooting, but that she knew him personally several years earlier when she worked as a Cub Scout leader in the area .
“I know him as someone who was a cub scout when I was the cub leader,” Ms Rotering said. “And it’s one of those things where you step back and say, ‘What happened?’ How did someone become so angry, so hateful, and then take it out on innocent people who were, literally, just having a family day out?”
When the host pressed whether she had any specific memories of Mr. Crimo from when he was a little boy, the mayor kept her answer blunt but succinct: “He was only a little boy.”
Johanna Chisholm has more.
Josh MarcusJuly 6, 2022 03:30 am
What Does Robert Crimo’s ’47’ Tattoo Mean?
The 21-year-old suspected of opening fire on the Highland Park parade on July 4 appears to have an obsession with the number 47.
Police believe Robert “Bobby” Crimo III dressed in a wig and women’s clothing before using a high-powered rifle to fire more than 70 rounds into a crowd in suburban Chicago Monday morning, killing six and injuring dozens.
Crimo left an extensive digital footprint in which the aspiring rapper, who performed under the alter-ego Awake, often referred to the number 47.
He also had the number tattooed on the side of his face and it was also painted on the door of a car parked outside his childhood home.
Bevan Hurley has the details.
Josh MarcusJuly 6, 2022 03:00
Republicans Are Already Spreading Conspiracy Theories About Highland Park Shooting
Marjorie Taylor Greene admitted to distributing a Photoshopped photo when she doubled down on a string of baseless claims about the mass shooting at a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
The Georgia representative, a freshman congressman known for promoting outlandish conspiracy theories, began her outlandish claims hours after Monday’s shooting when she suggested suspected gunman Robert Crimo could be blamed for illegal drug use or the side effects of — used antidepressants.
Despite a lack of public evidence showing Mr Crimo was a drug user, Ms Greene took to Twitter late Monday to say that anyone who did not believe her claims was part of a cover on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry.
“When are we going to have an honest conversation about drug abuse, mental illness and SSRIs…and deadly side effects. Are we really going to keep pretending? Or coverage for Big Pharma? Because I’m completely done with the political plays about this [bulls***],” she wrote. SSRIs — selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors — are drugs commonly used as antidepressants.
Andrew Feinberg has the full report.
Josh MarcusJuly 6, 2022 02:30
WATCH: Official Highland Park Calls for Assault Weapons Ban
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 emerges 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