The man charged with killing seven people at an Independence Day parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Robert Crimo, confessed to police that he fired on the crowd.
The man charged with killing seven people when he unleashed a hail of bullets on an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago confessed to police that he fired on the crowd, a prosecutor said.https://t.co/p7JZ00xvse
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In addition to those killed, over 30 victims were injured due to the mass shooting.
The assault happened less than three years after police went to Crimo’s home following a call from a family member who said he was threatening “to kill everyone” there. Covelli said police confiscated 16 knives, a dagger and a sword, but said there was no sign he had any guns at the time, in September 2019.
Police in April 2019 also responded to a reported suicide attempt by the suspect, Covelli said.
Crimo legally purchased the rifle used in the attack in Illinois within the past year, Covelli said. In all, police said, he purchased five firearms, which were recovered by officers at his father’s home.
The revelation about his gun purchases is just the latest example of young men who were able to obtain guns and carry out massacres in recent months despite glaring warning signs about their mental health and inclination to violence.
Investigators who have interrogated the suspect and reviewed his social media posts have not determined a motive.
Bob Crimo sponsored his son’s application for a gun permit in 2020 despite knowing the alleged killer had threatened to kill himself and his family, and police had confiscated his cache of knives. Parents claim they were unaware “of any red flags”. They were buried in red flags. pic.twitter.com/tIUyzF8Jw1
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) July 6, 2022
So Robert Crimo was not allowed to own knives, but was able to legally purchase firearms????
— Covie (@covie_93) July 6, 2022