Authorities investigating the deadly Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, Illinois said Tuesday they believe suspected gunman Robert Crimo III “pre-planned this attack for several weeks.”
Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli said it appears Crimo III legally purchased a “high-powered rifle” and brought it to the parade before accessing the roof of a business through a fire escape ladder.
He then fired more than 70 rounds into the crowds below, killing 6 and wounding dozens more, Covelli said.
“During the attack, Crimo was dressed in women’s clothing and investigators do believe he did this to conceal his facial tattoos and his identity and help him during the escape with the other people who were fleeing the chaos,” he added.
Officials say Crimo III then dropped the weapon and fled the scene with the rest of the panicked public, blending right in almost as if he was an innocent spectator.
The 21-year-old then went to his mother’s house and borrowed her vehicle before later being found and taken into custody, according to Covelli.
Inside that vehicle police found another rifle that appears to have been bought by Crimo III – and investigators elsewhere recovered several more firearms at a home he was living in, in Highwood, which police believe he also purchased legally, Covelli added.
No charges have been filed yet and a motive remains unknown.
Video of what appears to be Robert Crimo being arrested after Highland shooting
A new camera phone video shows what appears to be Robert Crimo III being arrested by police following the Highland Park shooting on July 4 that left six dead and more than thirty injured.
Crimo, 22, opened fire from a rooftop perch during a Fourth of July Parade before fleeing the scene. Crimo led police on a brief pursuit before being arrested following an hours-long manhunt. He was then taken into police custody, according to Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen.
A North Chicago police officer had seen the vehicle matching the description of Crimo’s car and attempted to conduct a traffic stop before Crimo took off.
For more on this story: Video of what appears to be Robert Crimo being arrested after Highland shooting
Highland Park authorities to provide update on Fourth of July shooting investigation
Officials are set to provide an update on the deadly Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, at 12 p.m. ET.
Click here to watch the press conference on Fox News.
Dick Durbin calls on voters to elect pro-gun control politicians after parade attack
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin called on Americans to vote for politicians who support gun control following the mass shooting at an Independence Day parade near Chicago.
“How long are we going to accept this in America?” Durbin asked during an interview with Fox News.
Durbin called Highland Park the safest place in Illinois before the attack.
“One crazed person with a weapon that can fire so many rounds so quickly has changed this community forever,” the Illinois Democrat told Fox News.
For more on this story: Dick Durbin calls on voters to elect pro-gun control politicians after parade attack
Witness demands answers on alleged shooter’s mental health: ‘Don’t care about politics’
A witness to the Highland Park Fourth of July parade shooting is putting politics aside, demanding answers on the suspected shooter’s mental health after the tragic event.
Warren Fried was at the Fourth of July parade when with his wife and two children when the gunman opened fire, killing six people and injuring dozens more.
“One of the things that we would like to understand, my kids are asking me last night is the reason why we’re a family, like I said, who have neurological disorders,” Fried told the “Fox & Friends” co-hosts.
“We understand some of the social judgments and the frustrations,” he continued. “We don’t care about politics. We don’t have concern about the gun debate. We want to know why someone with a neurological who wasn’t right, who lived in our community, didn’t get the support and resources that my children are getting right now, so they can be as best as possible.”
For more on this story: Highland Park shooting witness demands answers on alleged shooter’s mental health: ‘Don’t care about politics’
Mother was livestreaming Highland Park shooting when gunfire erupted: ‘Worst day’ of our lives
An Illinois mother was livestreaming the Highland Park July 4 parade when gunfire erupted, prompting mass panic as paradegoers scattered.
Witness Gina Troiani, whose son was scheduled to walk in the parade with his daycare class, described the shooting Tuesday on “America’s Newsroom,” detailing the moment she knew it was time to flee for safety.
“I was filming because it was the happiest moment of these kids’ lives at that moment, then it quickly turned into the worst day that we will ever remember,” Troiani told hosts Dana Perino and Bill Hemmer.
For more on this story: Mother was livestreaming Highland Park shooting when gunfire erupted: ‘Worst day’ of our lives
Highland Park parade witnesses say they mistook shooting for Navy salute before fleeing
A witness to Monday’s July 4th parade shooting says he thought the first shots fired were a military salute before realizing the situation and running.
The witness, identified only as Alexander, attended the parade with his son, according to ABC 7 Chicago. Robert Crimo III, 22, allegedly opened fire soon after the procession began.
“I thought it was the [U.S.] Navy saluting the flag with rifles, but then I saw people running, I picked up my son and started running. I ran to one of the buildings, I tried to break glass into get in with my son and I couldn’t break it,” Alexander said. “It was horrible. When I went back there were a few people shot on the ground… There was no target… it was shooting whoever.”
For more on this story: Highland Park parade witnesses say they mistook shooting for Navy salute before running for their lives
Uncle of July 4th Parade shooter says there were ‘no warning signs’ he would carry out attack
The uncle of the suspected shooter who opened fire on a July 4th parade said there were “no warning signs” that the young man was about to carry out the attack.
Robert Crimo III, 22, is accused of attacking an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday, killing at least six people and injuring 30 others. His uncle, Paul Crimo, expressed his deep sympathies for the victims and said he was shocked that his nephew is the suspect.
“There were no signs that I saw that would make him do this,” Paul Crimo told Fox 32. “If I did see signs, I would’ve said something.”
Paul added that Crimo is “a real quiet kid.”
For more on this story: Uncle of July 4th Parade shooter says there were ‘no warning signs’ he would carry out attack
Highland Park Mayor: Shooter’s weapon was ‘legally obtained’
Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering told NBC’s “Today Show” that the Fourth of July parade shooting is an “absolutely devastating blow” to her community – and now the U.S. needs to re-examine gun laws in its aftermath.
“This tragedy never should have arrived on our doorsteps and as a small town, everybody knows somebody that was affected by this directly,” she said.
Rotering said she was suspect Robert Crimo III’s cub scout leader as a child, describing him as “just a little boy.”
On Tuesday, Rotering said she is now waiting for prosecutors to file charges against him for the shooting, which left 6 dead and more than 30 injured. She said she didn’t know where the gun came from that was used in the attack, but noted that it was legally obtained.
“I think at some point the nation needs to have a conversation about these weekly events involving the murder of dozens of people with legally-obtained guns,” Rotering told the “Today Show.””If that is what our laws stand for, then I think we need to re-examine the laws.”
For more on this story: Highland Park Mayor: Robert Crimo III’s weapon was ‘legally obtained’
Chicago Bears mourn those who were killed at Highland Park
The Chicago Bears released a statement describing Monday’s mass shooting in Highland Park as “senseless and disgraceful.”
“The Chicago Bears mourn the loss of innocent lives in today’s senseless and disgraceful mass shooting in Highland Park and extend our thoughts and prayers to its community and all those impacts by the horrific act of violence,” the team said.
“We would like to acknowledge the selfless acts from first responders and many citizens to help all in time of dire need,” the statement added.
Chicago Blackhawks issue statement following Highland shooting
The Chicago Blackhawks released a statement Monday evening, following the mass shooting in Highland Park that left at least six dead and dozens injured.
“All of us at the Chicago Blackhawks are grieving with the friends and family of the innocent lives taken in Highland Park today, as well as for those who were injured and the children, neighbors and first responders who experienced this devastating and senseless act of violence,” the team said.
Biden holds moment of silence to honor Highland Park victims ahead of July Fourth fireworks
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill hosted a Fourth of July BBQ at the White House, where they held a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Highland Park shooting.
After welcoming guests and a brief comment from Jill, who the president lovingly called his “boss,” Joe Biden referenced the shooting earlier in the day, that left six people dead and at least 31 injured.
“I want to welcome you all to the White House and I can’t tell you how happy we are you’re able to be here. And what a day to celebrate and celebrate with all of you,” the president started. “One serious note. You know, the there was a shooting in Highland Park, Chicago.”
“Six people have passed and others are wounded,” he added. “But we got a lot more work to do. We got to get this under control.”
“We got to get this under control,” Biden echoed.
“But having said that I just want you to keep this slight moment of silence for all those families [affected by the shooting],” he also said.
After a slight pause, the president continued: “Folks, we it’s been a great day and the fireworks haven’t even started yet. And so we’re looking forward to having you enjoy the rest of the evening and when you head home get home safely.”
“Thank you all so very very much and God protect our troops.”
Highland Park says counseling professionals available Tuesday for students after mass shooting
“Highland Park is a strong community, closely knit with shared values, priorities, and partnerships that were so clearly evident among the organizations, individuals, businesses, and entertainers participating in our parade today. As we grieve together as a community, we need to support each other as a community. In the aftermath of this unthinkable tragedy, we are stronger together,” the city said in a statement.
“Counseling professionals will be available tomorrow for students, staff and community members at Highland Park High School (433 Vine Ave.) from 9:00 to 2:00. No appointment is necessary, but only the Vine Street entrance will be open. Anyone who is not a current District 113 student or staff member who wishes to take advantage of counseling services will need a valid driver’s license to be cleared to enter the school, which is the school’s standard procedure for visitors to the school.”
SWAT incident involving Highland Park shooting suspect reported by Chicago scanner
Highland Park shooting suspect taken into custody after manhunt
Authorities have arrested a suspect in the Highland Park, Illinois Fourth of July parade shooting that killed 6 people and wounded more than 30 others following an hours-long manhunt.
Biden vows not to ‘give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence’
Highland Park 4th of July shooting suspect: Who is Robert Crimo?
Authorities have identified a suspect in the Highland Park, Illinois, 4th of July parade shooting as 22-year-old Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III.
Crimo is also known as “Awake the Rapper,” a “six foot Hip hop phenom” born on Sept. 20, 2000, according to a bio on IMDB.
The rapper released a cryptic track called “Are You Awake” on Oct. 15, 2021. The track appears to suggest that Crimo was planning a life-defining act beyond his ability to stop. The video includes drawings of a man aiming a rifle at another person.
The video also includes an image of a newspaper clipping about Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated President John F. Kennedy, and another image of a victim shot with blood spraying from the body.
Highland Park, Illinois mass shooting victims ages ranged from 8 to 85 years old
Some 26 people were transferred to the Northshore Highland Park Hospital to be treated for injuries incurred during Monday morning’s mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade. Physicians said 25 of them had gunshot wounds and their ages ranged from 8 to 85 years old.
Suspect identified in Highland Park July 4th parade mass shooting
Authorities have a suspect in Monday morning’s mass shooting as 22-year-old Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III. They said he is driving a 2010 Silver Honda Fit with the license plate DM80653 and is from the area. He should be considered “armed and dangerous,” police said.
FBI requesting images, video related to Highland Park shooting
Victim in 4th of July mass shooting identified
Of the the six people who was shot and killed during a 4th of July parade Monday morning has been identified as Nicholas Toledo, a native of Mexico. His family told reporters he was there with his sons, nieces, and nephews, among other family members, to watch the parade.
“We are all feeling pretty numb,” his granddaughter told CBS Chicago. “We’re all pretty broken inside.”
Chicago White Sox to hold moment of silence before tonight’s game against Minnesota
Mass shooting suspect had four firearms, authorities say
The suspect who opened fire on a 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois Monday had at least four legally purchased firearms, including an AR-15, a bolt action rifle, a shotgun, and a pistol. The AR-15 has reportedly been recovered.
FAA bans aircraft over Highland Park shooting scene
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is banning aircraft over the Highland Park shooting scene.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says ‘Americans’ hearts are broken’
Parents of boy found after mass shooting being sought
Authorities are searching for the parents of a young boy, estimated to be around 2 years old, who was found in the aftermath of a Monday morning’s mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
Anyone who recognizes the boy or has information about his parents should call 847-612-7358.
President Biden pledges ‘full support’ of federal government
“Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day. As always, we are grateful for the first responders and law enforcement on the scene,” President Biden said in a statement . “I have spoken to Governor Pritzker and Mayor Rotering, and have offered the full support of the Federal government to their communities. I also surged Federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter, who remains at large at this time. Members of the community should follow guidance from leadership on the ground, and I will monitor closely as we learn more about those whose lives have been lost and pray for those who are in the hospital with grievous injuries.”
“I recently signed the first major bipartisan gun reform legislation in almost thirty years into law, which includes actions that will save lives. But there is much more work to do, and I’m not going to give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence.”
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on mass shooting: ‘our state grieves with you’
Illinois July 4th parade shooter kills 6, injures more than 30
At least six people were killed and 31 others were hospitalized following a shooting at a 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday.
Authorities said six people were dead and more than 30 were injured. A “high-powered” rifle was recovered from a rooftop and the suspect remains at large.