The uncle of the suspected Highland Park gunman recalled how his nephew “would have worn women’s clothing at least once in the past” after cops said he wore a wig to escape the parade carnage.
Robert E. Crimo III is accused of firing 70 shots into a crowded parade, and his uncle Paul Crimo told The Sun how he saw the 22-year-old dressed as a girl about a year ago and didn’t understand why.
“I’m shocked … It’s too much to process,” Paul said from his car after a seventh person died as a result of the July 4 shooting.
“There were no warning signs. Nothing I saw.”
Paul said he didn’t know why Robert dressed up as a woman and still didn’t understand why he would open fire on a crowd of innocent bystanders.
When asked if he had a message for everyone reading, he apologized to the families involved.
“I feel sorry for all families. My thoughts and prayers are with all families,” he said.
“I am heartbroken for all of them. I will be heartbroken forever.”
Paul added that he knew Robert had YouTube and social media accounts but didn’t know the content of what was on them.
Lake County Prosecutor Eric Rinehart announced that 22-year-old Crimo is now charged with seven counts of first-degree murder and will face “dozens” more.
“This is just the first of many charges against Mr. Crimo,” Rinehart said Tuesday night.
“We expect dozens more charges.”
Rinehart also said the seven counts of first-degree murder, if convicted, would result in a mandatory life sentence with no possibility of parole.
“We will demand the maximum penalty against this perpetrator.”
On Wednesday, Rinehart will ask a judge to hold Crimo without bail.
“We must do everything we can to ensure that the horror that has marked these streets never happens again.”
Gunshots rang out just 10 minutes after a Fourth of July parade began in Highland Park, Illinois — about 25 miles north of Chicago.
Beach chairs, strollers, backpacks and blankets were found strewn around the parade ground as revelers sought cover.
Highland Park Police believed the gunman climbed a ladder in an alleyway to get onto the roof of a store and then opened fire on parade-goers.
“He was very discreet and very difficult to see,” said Chris Covelli, spokesman for the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force.
Authorities seized a “high-powered rifle” believed to have been used in the mass shooting.
The suspect’s motive appeared to be coincidental, investigators said, before naming Crimo as the person of interest.
“At this point, this certainly appears to be completely random,” Covelli said.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office said five victims, all adults, were pronounced dead at the scene, while a sixth victim died at a local hospital.
It was announced Tuesday afternoon that a seventh person had died after the shooting.
Crimo was arrested after an hours-long manhunt after he allegedly opened fire on parade-goers on Monday.
He was arrested as cops chased the silver Honda Fit he was driving – hours after the parade was fatally sniped.
Footage shared online shows the 22-year-old suspect being held down and handcuffed by police outside of Chicago.
He was seen face down as police officers rushed towards him.
The arrest comes after the suspected gunman was spotted around 6.30pm local time on Monday when officers tried to stop him – but he sped away, causing a brief pursuit before he came to a stop.
He was taken into custody “without incident” and charges are pending while the police continue their investigation.
The FBI released one Crimo warningin which he detailed his appearance and tattoos when they asked for information.
Crimo posted videos on a YouTube channel that has since been shut down for violating community guidelines.
Some of these videos featured music he created, as well as disturbing videos accompanying the tracks.
In 2019, the amateur rapper’s father, Bob Crimo, ran a neighborhood mayoral campaign with the slogan “One Person for the People,” but it was unsuccessful, Fox News reported.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5710547/robert-crimo-dressed-womens-clothing-highland-park-shooting/ Robert E. Crimo “wore women’s clothing for a YEAR before he fled Highland Park in a frightening disguise,” says his uncle