The suspect had a fascination with mass shootings and rapped about it.
Authorities arrested Robert E. Crimo III, the suspect in the Highland Park, IL, Independence Day parade shooting.
Crimo faces seven counts of first-degree murder after a seventh person died today.
- The authorities keep saying “high-powered rifle.” They won’t name it for us.
- Crimo dressed in women’s clothing to blend in with the crowd as they dispersed.
- Still no motive.
- Still no charges.
Buried within all the news reports is this nugget: “Police said the 22-year-old suspect was ‘known to law enforcement.'”
BREAKING: Robert "Bobby" Crimo III has been identified as the person of interest in the deadly mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois (near Chicago). Six were killed & dozens injured at the July 4th holiday parade massacre. #HighlandPark pic.twitter.com/sgjxB0G6aT
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) July 4, 2022
Here is the arrest video of #HighlandPark mass shooting person of interest, Robert "Bobby" Crimo III. He gets out of a vehicle with his hands up and lays down on the ground per the police commands. pic.twitter.com/oAJJClzUr4
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) July 5, 2022
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) July 4, 2022
Highland Park is about 30 miles north of downtown Chicago.
A gunman from a roof opened fire on the town’s Independence Day parade. He killed at least six people and injured over 20 more people, including a child.
Crimo is supposedly “Awake the Rapper.” From Fox News:
Crimo is the son of Bob Crimo, president at Bob’s Pantry & Deli in Highland Park. According to his Facebook account, the father ran for Highland Park mayor in 2020.
The rapper released a cryptic track called “Are You Awake” on Oct. 15, 2021. The track appears to suggest that Crimo was planning a life-defining act beyond his ability to stop. The video includes drawings of a man aiming a rifle at another person.
The video also includes an image of a newspaper clipping about Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated President John F. Kennedy, and another image of a victim shot with blood spraying from the body.
Crimo has an obsession with mass shootings.
Here are some lyrics:
“Like a sleepwalker, I am unable to stop and think,” he says in the track. “My actions will be valiant and my thought is unnecessary. I know what I have to do, I know what’s in it, not only for me, but for everyone else.”
“There is no past or future, just the now,” he adds. “It is more abstract than I can ever imagine. I can feel the atmosphere pushing me in. It’s unstoppable, like a wave pulling me under, I can’t breathe without it.”
“I need to leave now, I need to just do it. It is my destiny, everything has led up to this,” Crimo says. “Nothing can stop me, not even myself. Is there such thing as free will, or has this been planned out, like a cosmic recipe?”
“It is what I’ve been waiting for in the back of my head, ready to be awakened, It is what I’ve been sent here to do, like a sleepwalker,” he adds.
Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering said charges might be filed later today. I found that most states follow the 72-hour rule meaning they can hold you for 72 hours without charges.
Rotering also said the gunman legally obtained the gun but didn’t provide any details.
It’s infuriating to see the left already trying to politicize the tragedy by calling for gun control and condemning everyone but the alleged shooter in custody.
We do not have all the facts yet. Everyone needs to remember Illinois has strict gun laws.
Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community this Independence Day. As always, we are grateful for the first responders and law enforcement on the scene.
I will not give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence.
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 4, 2022
In Illinois, a person must have a Firearms Owners Identification card (FOID) in order to buy guns and ammunition.
Courts keep ruling FOIDs unconstitutional but the Illinois Supreme Court always punts them.
As of May, the Illinois Supreme Court is reviewing the constitutionality of the law…again.
The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence gave Illinois an A- for its state gun laws. Yeah, that means they’re pretty restrictive.DONATE
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