The 21-year-old, who is accused of opening fire during US National Day celebrations in Highland Park near Chicago, has been charged with seven murders and could spend the rest of his life in prison, authorities said on Tuesday With.
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Robert Crimo, 21, could face “dozens of other charges centered on each of the victims,” which will be detailed later, Lake County Attorney General Eric Rinehart said.
If found guilty, he could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, he said.
He had been preparing his attack “for weeks,” said the police in the small town on Tuesday.
The young man used a “powerful rifle resembling an AR-15” to appear to fire at random from the top of a company at crowds attending the July Fourth parade, said Christopher Covelli, a police official.
Robert Crimo “disguised himself as a woman” to hide his identity and possibly wore a long hair wig to hide his facial tattoos, he continued, adding that he then dropped his gun and was in the crowd of people on the escape disappeared.
The man, nicknamed Bobby, fired more than 70 shots, killing seven and injuring at least 35, according to a police report Tuesday.
Also among the dead is a couple, Irina and Kevin McCarthy, whose two-year-old son Aiden was taken to safety by locals.
On Tuesday, the main street of this affluent Chicago suburb was still blocked by police and remained frozen during the first moments of the shooting.
A pram, a tricycle, folding chairs: the amount of objects that we left in a jumble at the scene of the accident testifies to the chaos that the shooting unleashed on Monday.
dr David Baum, a doctor involved in the rescue efforts at the scene, testified to CNN about the horror of the attack, citing victims who were “exploded” or “eviscerated” by the bullets.
The gunman, who was from Highwood, a small town nearby, was identified through surveillance video and tracking of the gun, which he legally purchased, Covelli said.
According to the police officer, the young man had attempted suicide in April 2019 and was accompanied by a doctor.
In September 2019, officials responded to the family home after warning that he was “going to kill everyone.”
The police then confiscated 16 knives, a dagger and a sword. Cavelli stressed that he was not arrested because no one had filed a complaint.
A video posted eight months ago shows a young man in a bedroom and classroom with posters of a gunman and people being shot. “I just have to do this,” was the comment. “It is my destiny. Everything has led me to it. Nothing can stop me, not even myself.”
Images archived on the suspect’s Twitter account notably show him with a flag of support for former Republican President Donald Trump on his back.
Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering told NBC that she knew the young man when he was a boy in the Boy Scouts.
“And you ask yourself: What happened? How can anyone get so angry, so hateful, to go after innocent people who just spent a day with their family?” she said.
The city council spoke of “the incredible sadness and shock” that had hit the city.
The country is still suffering from a series of shootings, one of which, perpetrated by an 18-year-old boy at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24 killed 21 people, including 19 children.
President Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered flags on public buildings to be lowered to half-staff. He achieved relative political success recently when he got Congress to pass legislation to better regulate the sale of guns, of which nearly 400 million are in circulation in the United States.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, which includes suicides in its data, more than 22,400 people have been killed by guns since the beginning of the year.