Police Say Highland Park Gunman Planned Massacre Months In Advance

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Members of the FBI's evidence response team organize one day after a mass shooting in downtown Highland Park, Ill. Tuesday, July 5, 2022. A shooter fired on an Independence Day parade from a rooftop spraying the crowd with gunshots initially mistaken for fireworks before hundreds of panicked revelers of all ages fled in terror. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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We now know more about Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III, the man suspected of killing seven and wounding dozens at a 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois. Lake County Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli provided more details and said this was planned out in advance.

“He brought a high-powered rifle to this parade. He accessed the roof of a business via a fire escape ladder and began opening fire,” Covelli said.

Covelli continued:

“Crimo exited the roof. He dropped his rifle and he blended in with the crowd and he escaped. 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. He borrowed his mother’s vehicle. North Chicago police officers spotted the vehicle, conducted a traffic stop and they were able to safely apprehend Crimo with no injuries to the officers. He also had other firearms that were recovered from a residence that he was living in in Highland Park.”

As far as a motive, Covelli said, “We have no information to suggest at this point, it was racially motivated, motivated by religion or any other protected status.”

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