Officials said on Tuesday that the alleged Highland Park shooter was known to police due to several incidents, including one instance where he said he wanted to “kill everyone.” The suspect purchased 5 guns prior to the shooting.
In April of 2019, police were contacted after learning of Robert Crimo III’s attempted suicide. Police spoke with Crimo and his parents, and no legal action was taken.
In September of 2019, Crimo said that he wanted to “kill everyone” which led to the seizing of 16 knives, a dagger, and a sword. Police did not arrest Crimo, noting that there was no probable cause.
Highland Park police says they had two prior encounters with the shooter:
April 2019: Suicide attempt
Sept 2019: Family member said Crimo threatened to “kill everyone” and police removed 16 knives, a dagger and a sword but found no probable cause to arrest. pic.twitter.com/wWBi9IGivp
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 5, 2022
Officials also confirmed that the death toll has risen from six to seven, after an individual succumbed to their injuries in the hospital one day after the attack.
Crimo lived at home with his family, had committed a suicide attempt, threatened to kill his family, and they said nothing when he came home with 5 guns?
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) July 5, 2022
Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office told The New York Times that a seventh victim had died.
No further details on the victim, including their age and identity, have been given.
Six adults were killed on Monday in a mass shooting incident when suspect Robert Crimo III allegedly opened fire from a rooftop on a crowd attending a July 4 parade in Highland Park, a suburb north of Chicago, Illinois.
Five of the victims were killed on scene, while the sixth died shortly after being transported to the hospital. More than 30 parade attendees were wounded in Monday’s shooting, and are in conditions ranging from critical to stable, according to authorities.
Crimo III, 21, was taken into custody during a traffic stop on Monday evening following a multi-agency manhunt, according to CBS Chicago. Crimo fled the scene in a 2010 silver Honda Fit, license plate DM80653, and evaded arrest for hours.
Person of interest in Highland Park, Illinois parade shooting, 22-year-old Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo, has been taken into custody following a traffic stop, according to multiple sources. Great work by law enforcement. pic.twitter.com/D4YqUnkNBM
— Michael Masters (@MichaelGMasters) July 4, 2022
During a Tuesday press conference, authorities said that Primo wore women’s clothing in an attempt to conceal himself, specifically to help cover up his face tattoos.
Crimo fired roughly 70 rounds into the crowd, and it is believed that he acted completely alone. Officials say that the rifle was “similar to an AR-15.” There is no indication that the shooting was religiously or racially motivated.
Highland Park police give an update on the shooting at the Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois: “Crimo pre-planned this attack for several weeks…” pic.twitter.com/mYn4auDVlm
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) July 5, 2022
Lake County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said that Crimo appeared to have planned the shooting for several weeks in advance of the July 4 parade.
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