On July 4, 2022, a mass shooting took place during an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois, United States. The shooting occurred at 10:14 a.m. CDT, roughly 15 minutes after the parade had started. Seven people were killed and at least 46 others were injured.
- Number of Death : 7
- Number of Injured : 46
- Shooter : Robert Eugene Crimo III
- Charges : First-degree murder, 7 counts
Highland Park, Illinois, US (SN) | The shooting began at 10:14 a.m. in downtown Highland Park, with the shooter firing a rifle from the rooftop of the Ross Cosmetics building, a local store on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and 2nd Street. The gunman had gained access to the elevated position by using an unsecured ladder attached to the building. The parade had not quite reached the intersection when the attack began.
Victims include spectators and some of those marching in the parade.Witnesses initially reported that at least five bloodied people were lying on the ground, and that more than 20 shots were fired.
At least one parade attendee provided medical treatment to those injured, before first responders arrived.
Seven people have been killed and 46 others were injured during the attack. Of the deceased victims, five adults died at the scene and two died at the hospital from their injuries. Three of the deceased were identified as: a 78-year-old Mexican grandfather who was visiting family in the area, a female former preschool teacher, and a congregant of a local synagogue.
Twenty-five of the injured suffered gunshot wounds, while 11 others were injured as the result of the panicked evacuation of the parade route. The ages of the wounded ranged from 8 to 85.
Highland Park Hospital reported that they were treating 26 people after the shooting, 25 being gunshot wounds, with five later transferred to Evanston Hospital. Additionally, four of the injured were transported to Glenbrook Hospital, and several others were taken to hospitals outside of the Northshore University Medical System network.
Robert Eugene Crimo III
Shortly before 6:00 p.m. on July 4, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office identified 21-year-old Robert Eugene Crimo III (born September 20, 2000) as a person of interest in the shooting. He was considered armed and dangerous by the FBI.
Crimo, a former student of Highland Park High School, is a rapper and musician who has performed under the stage name “Awake the Rapper”.
The Parade Shooting: Robert E Crimo III, 22, was “taken into custody without incident” after he was spotted driving on a highway outside Chicago, police told the local media.
Recent music videos by him on YouTube depicted mass shootings and characters being shot by police; the account is no longer available. Crimo frequently visited an online message board that discussed graphic depictions of death.
Crimo left a trail of violent imagery. He posted a video of a beheading the week before the shooting. Crimo also had his own Discord server, which was invaded by 4chan members after the shooting and has since been shut down. Crimo’s father was a convenience store and deli owner, and made an unsuccessful run for mayor of Highland Park in 2019.
Law enforcement identified two prior encounters with Crimo: an April 2019 911 call reporting that he attempted to commit suicide and a September 2019 incident regarding alleged threats by Crimo to a family member.
In April 2019, police seized 16 knives, a dagger, and a sword from Crimo after a family member reported to the police that he planned to “kill everyone”. He was not charged with a crime at the time.
A Highland Park rabbi stated that three months before the shooting, Crimo had entered a local Chabad House during the Passover seder and was asked to leave. The Chabad House is located two blocks from where the July 4 shooting occurred.
Robert Crimo, 22, was identified as a “person of interest” and became the target of a massive manhunt across the town of Highland Park in Illinois, where a rooftop gunman with a high-powered rifle turned a family-focused July 4 parade celebration into a scene of death and trauma.
Firing into the holiday crowd, the shooter caused scenes of total chaos as panicked onlookers ran for their lives, leaving behind a parade route strewn with chairs, abandoned balloons and personal belongings.
After a brief car chase, Crimo was taken into custody “without incident,” Highland Park police chief Lou Jogmen told reporters.
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