Highland Park parade shooter charged with 7 counts of first-degree homicide

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. – An Illinois man who police say for weeks planned a mass shooting on a 4th of July Parade Officials said Tuesday night had been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder in the murder.

Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III, 21, will be charged with additional charges in the Highland Park shooting that killed seven people and injured dozens more on Monday, Illinois officials said.

Officials Tuesday identified six of the seven killed as 64-year-old Katherine Goldstein; Irina McCarthy, 35 years old; Kevin McCarthy, 37 years old; Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63 years old; Stephen Straus, 88 years old; and Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78 years old.

State Attorney for Lake County Eric Rinehart called Monday’s attack a “premeditated and premeditated attack” and said additional charges would likely include attempted murder and aggravate the battery.

Crimo, who police picked up a few hours after the riot, extended the escape ladder to transform himself into a sniper’s nest to shoot at marchers below, authorities said.

He had been planning the attack for weeks – and dressed as a woman to avoid detection, authorities said on Tuesday.

“But we believe Crimo planned this attack several weeks in advance,” Lake County Main Crime Task Force spokesman Chris Covelli said Tuesday.

An image of Crimo, obtained by NBC Chicago from a senior law enforcement official, appears to show a man in a blue-and-white blouse with longer hair.

Robert Crimo III dressed as a policewoman that he said he wore as a disguise during the shooting.
Robert Crimo III dressed as a policewoman that he said he wore as a disguise during the shooting.Purchased by NBC Chicago

“During the attack, Crimo wore women’s clothing, and investigators believe he did so to conceal the tattoos on his face and identity, and to aid him in the process,” Covelli said. escape program.

The plan seems to have worked initially, as Crimo is said to have walked back to his mother’s home undetected, borrowed her car, and drove out of town.

“After the attack, Crimo got off the roof, put down his rifle, joined the crowd and escaped,” Covelli said.

“He blends right in with people as they run around, almost as if he’s an innocent spectator too.”

Investigators compiled Crimo’s movements largely based on video recorded Monday at Highland Park downtown, authorities said.

Covelli said: “He was seen on video camera in women’s clothing. The camcorder played a huge role in how we were able to identify him leaving both initially and when he did. leave”.

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Law enforcement officers investigate the scene Monday in Highland Park, Ill. Tannen Maury / EPA-EFE / Shutterstock

Officials said the sniper fired more than 70 rounds from his rooftop perch, randomly selecting victims below.

Covelli said there was no immediate evidence that the shooter targeted victims based on race or religion.

Covelli said authorities contacted Crimo twice in 2019. The first time was in April 2019, after law enforcement officers tracked down a reported suicide, which Covelli said. has been handled by a mental health professional.

In the second incident, police responded to a call in September 2019 after a family member reported that Crimo had threatened to kill family members in his home. Multiple knives were confiscated, as well as a sword and a dagger, but he did not have a gun at the time, Covelli said.

Authorities said Crimo had at least five guns Monday, including assault rifles and handguns, seized at his father’s home with a search warrant.

When asked whether the so-called red flag laws should prevent Crimo from owning a gun, Covelli could not give a definitive answer.

“At the time, there was no information that he was in possession of any firearms or rifles,” Covelli said. “Will that be enough, if he’s making threats? That’s on a case-by-case basis. I don’t want to talk about it broadly. It depends on the circumstances.”

Highland Park is known as a Jewish suburb, according to the Jewish Telegraph Agency and Israeli newspapers Haaretz. Both note that some estimates put the area’s Jewish population at around a third of the total population is estimated at 30,100.

“At this point, we haven’t developed an engine for him,” Covelli said.

“The shooting appeared to be completely random. We have no information that at this time it is motivated by race, is motivated by religion or [hatred of] any other protected state. “

The legally purchased weapons in Illinois, officials said. Covelli describes it as “similar to an AR-15.”

Covelli said: “He brought a high-powered rifle to this parade, he approached the roof of a business by means of a fire escape ladder and started opening fire on people celebrating the Day. Innocent independence,” Covelli said.

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering said Tuesday that she knows know Crimo when he was on the Cub Scouts many years ago.

She said on “TODAY” that she was stunned that anyone could unleash such violence.

“I know him as someone who was a Cub Scout when I was the Scout leader of Cuba,” she said.

“And that’s one of those things where you step back and say, ‘What happened? How does someone become this angry, obnoxious, and then take down innocent people who, literally, only have a day out with the family? ‘”

When asked about her memories with Crimo, Rotering briefly replied: “He was just a boy.”

In other developments:

  • Rotering on Tuesday disparaged the way high power weapon Used in murders that may have been purchased legally: “I don’t know where the gun came from, but I do know that it was purchased legally. And I think, at some point, this country has to have a conversation about the weekly events related to the murder of dozens of people with legally acquired firearms. If that’s what our laws represent, I think we need to rethink the law. “
  • Number of people injured stand at 47.
  • The police are still Ask people to stay away from the city center Highland Park on Tuesday as investigators continued to gather evidence.
  • Than details of emerging victims.
  • Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Tuesday that the shooting marked the emergence of a new American tradition of violence, tell MSNBC: “The sad thing that happened here yesterday was the clash of two traditions: a great tradition, the 4th of July parades, and another terrible tradition that is emerging about the cases. mass shooting.” The Highland Park massacre happened after Mass shooting in BuffaloNew York, and Uvalde, Texas.

This is an evolving story. Please refresh here for updates.

Antonio Planas and Phil Rogers reported from Highland Park, Illinois; Marlene Lenthang and David K. Li from New York City; and Ava Kelley from Chicago.

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