The shooting in Highland Park had been planned for a long time

The attack was committed with an automatic weapon similar to an AR-15 that had been legally purchased, Chris Covelli, deputy chief of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, said in a news conference earlier this afternoon. More than 70 bullets were fired by the killer.

The authorities also announced on Tuesday that a seventh victim had succumbed to his injuries. About 30 others were injured when the suspected killer, Robert Crimo, opened fire from the roof of a local store at the crowds gathering for the traditional Fourth of July parade in this supposedly peaceful north Chicago suburb.

The 21-year-old, who was arrested on Monday evening, remains in custody until his court appearance, which is expected in the next few hours.

No reason for the killing has yet been determined, Mr. Covelli said. However, it appears that the man opened fire on the crowd indiscriminately, without specifically targeting any religious or ethnic group.

According to Mr. Covelli, Robert Crimo was able to climb onto the roof of a company via an outside fire escape. After firing into the crowd, he left his gun and blended into the crowd. He blended in with the people walking around, almost as if he were also an innocent bystanderhe described.

The feminine clothing he wore allowed him to hide his identity and the tattoos he has on his face. It could not be ruled out that he was wearing a wig, Mr Covelli said, which could explain why long hair was mentioned in the suspect’s initial description.

The abandoned weapon entrusted to him Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), played an important role in the search for the killer, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy.

According to Mr. Covelli, after the murder, Robert Crimo went to his mother’s house where he borrowed his vehicle. When the police finally arrested him a few hours later, they found another gun in the car.

Other weapons were later found where Crimo lived. They were registered in his name and legally acquired.

Deputy chief Covelli declined to comment on Robert Crimo’s involvement with the ongoing investigation. Police have yet to study videos he posted online and meet people who know him.

Heavy songs that fascinate

Unemployed after dropping out of graduate school, Robert had posted Crimo on YouTube under his stage name Awake the Rapper“,”text”:”Awake the Rapper”}}”>Awaken the rapper Songs with a few thousand views and in which he reveals the violence that inhabits him.

The protagonist of one of these videos, which is not available now, shoots at people in a rough-faced cartoon style before lying in a pool of blood and being shot by the police. /Que ce monde aille se faire foutre/Je vis mon rêve”,”text”:”Je veux juste crier/Que ce monde aille se faire foutre/Je vis mon rêve”}}”>I just wanna scream / fuck the world / I’m living my dreamhe says.

In another song that was released eight months ago, according to the Chicago Tribunehe lets out gloomily: I just have to do it […] It’s my destiny. Everything led me to this. Nothing can stop me, not even myself.

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering told NBC that she knew him when he was a Boy Scout and led his group.

He was just a little boy. […] And we ask ourselves: What happened? How can anyone get so angry, so hateful, to persecute innocent people who just spent a day with family? »

A quote from Nancy Rotering, Mayor of Highland Park

His uncle Paul Crimo, with whom he lived in nearby Highwood, described him as one very calm childa YouTube rapper who does not comment, remains seated in front of his computer and with whom he had no interaction.

The nature of the relationship between Robert Crimo and his father Bob, a grocer who campaigned unsuccessfully for Highland Park mayor in 2019, was not immediately clear Tuesday.

A friend of his, from whom he was recently estranged, Bennett Brizes, told the Washington Post that was Robert Crimo always apolitical. I don’t know manhe inevitably answered when asked for his opinion on world affairs.

However, he had posted a photo of himself with a Trump flag around his shoulders and an altered drawing of it on his now-suspended Twitter account Pepe the froga figure who has become a rallying symbol for the American far right.

In another clip he directed, chilling footage shows him alone in a classroom, clad in a helmet and body armor, with eerie, sardonic laughter in the background.

In another video spotted by the Washington Posthe said hate it when others get more attention than [lui] on the Internet.

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