Highland Park shooting update: Robert Crimo to appear in court after being charged with seven counts of first-degree murder

Bystanders run after hearing gunshots in shooting at July 4 parade in Illinois

Robert Crimo, the suspect in the mass shooting at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois, is expected to appear in court on Wednesday, a day after he was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder.

If convicted, he will face life in prison without the possibility of parole, said Illinois state attorney Eric Reinhart. The prosecutors will ask a judge to deny bail, CNN reported.

According to police, Mr Crimo had planned an attack for weeks and fired more than 70 rounds randomly into the crowd watching the parade, killing seven and injuring more than three dozen people.

Photo of Robert Crimo dressed as a woman to escape the area of ​​the mass shooting

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He had his first encounter with the police in April 2019, when the authorities received a 911 call reporting an attempted suicide, said Lake County Sheriff Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli on Tuesday. In September that year police were again called regarding alleged threats “to kill everyone” that he had directed at family members, though they did not arrest him.

The names of six of the seven victims have been released: Katherine Goldstein, 64, Irina McCarthy, 35, Kevin McCarthy, 37, Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63, Stephen Strauss, 88, and Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78.

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Daughter forced to keep running as mother was shot dead in Highland Park attack: ‘I couldn’t stop’

A Highland Park shooting survivor was forced to leave her dead mother behind and flee to safety as the suspected gunman, identified by police as Robert Crimo, was “still shooting everyone”.

Cassie Goldstein, 22, was watching the Independence Day parade with her mother Katherine Goldstein, 64, in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park when the shooting began on Monday.

“I was standing there with my mom and I heard what I thought were firecrackers firing into the street across from me,” Ms Goldstein said as she recalled the moment when she saw her mother being fatally shot.

“And then I looked up and I saw the shooter shooting down at the kids,” she told NBC News. “And I told her that it was a shooter and that she had to run.”

They were running beside each other when her mother was hit by a bullet in the chest and fell to the ground.

“I knew she was dead,” she said. “I just told her that I loved her, but I could not stop because he was still shooting everyone next to me.”

Read the full story from my colleague Namita Singh:

Johanna Chisholm6 July 2022 13:19

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Carlson draws backlash after he claims ‘mass shooters are going nuts’ because women lecture about ‘privilege’

In response to the deadly mass shooting on Independence Day in Highland Park, Illinois, which left seven dead and dozens wounded, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson took to his prime-time program to rage against what he perceived to be the driving force behind so many mass shootings in the US: women “lecturing” about men so-called “privilege”.

The Fox host introduced the controversial take by first saying that Robert Crimo, the suspected shooter in Monday’s massacre, would not raise any alarms (despite the fact that the host noted during the same segment how police were called to the 21-year-old’s home twice in 2019 over threats to harm himself and kill his family) because he looks like “a lot of young men in America who suddenly look and act a lot like this guy”.

“They’re angry. They know that their lives will not be better than their parents’. They’ll be worse. That’s all but guaranteed, ”he said. “And yet the authorities in their lives – mostly women – never stop lecturing them about their so-called privilege. “You’re male, you’re privileged!”

The comments, which quickly drew the ire of the online Twittersphere, went further to nearly defend the so-called “angry”, predominantly male mass shooters, after he said: “Imagine that. Try to imagine an unhealthier, unhappier life than that. So, a lot of young men in America are going nuts. Are you surprised? ”

“98% of mass shootings are committed by men, but Tucker Carlson still found a way to blame women. You can not make this sh * t up, ”tweeted one user, @TheScottCharles, while another listed all the things the Fox host was willing to blame for mass shootings -“ marijuana, SSRIs, social media, porn, video games, school counselors, women (seriously) ”- and all the things the pundit would not note, including guns or the accused shooter.

Johanna Chisholm6 July 2022 12:35

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Suspected Highland Park shooter bought his guns after father sponsored his permit

Three months after suspected Highland Park shooter Robert Crimo had police called to his family home after he threatened to “kill everyone” inside, he applied for his first Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card, under his father’s sponsorship.

In September 2019, when then 19-year-old Mr Crimo was two years too young to legally obtain a gun permit, Illinois State Police were called to the suspected shooter’s family home after they received a call about a “clear and present danger” report after he threatened to “kill everyone” in his family.

Two months after the fall incident, Robert ‘Bob’ Crimo Jr., the suspected shooter’s father, sponsored his son for a FOID card, which was approved one month later in January 2020.

Read the full report from The Independent below:

Johanna Chisholm6 July 2022 12:17

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Robert Crimo’s parents speak out about ‘terrible tragedy’

The parents of the suspected shooter Robert Crimo have hired attorney Steve Greenberg’s firm, a firm that has represented numerous high-profile cases, including singer R Kelly, to represent both their son and the family.

In a statement released by the Crimo family’s attorney, they expressed their deep sorrow for the “terrible tragedy” that unfolded on Monday, where seven people died and dozens more were injured after a gunman randomly fired more than 70 rounds on a crowd of paradegoers.

“We are all mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and this is a terrible tragedy for many families, the victims, the paradegoers, the community, and our own,” the parents said. “Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to everybody,” the Crimo family’s attorney said in a statement.

Keep reading the full story from Shweta Sharma below:

Johanna Chisholm6 July 2022 12:01

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More than $ 1m raised in hours for boy orphaned in Highland Park shooting

More than a million dollars have been raised within hours for a toddler who lost both his parents in the mass shooting at the July 4 parade in Highland Park.

Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the seven people who were killed in the shooting spree. During the commotion, their two-year-old son Aiden was split up from his parents.

The boy was escorted to the sidelines by some of the participants in the rally amidst the chaos.

He was reunited with his grandparents and other family members later. According to the grandfather, the child survived because his father covered him with his body.

Continue reading the full story from The Independent below:

Johanna Chisholm6 July 2022 11:40

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‘Videos of beheadings, glorifying school shootings and obsessions with 47’

His uncle said he “saw no signs of trouble”.

The mayor said she remembers him as “just a little boy” when she knew him as a Cub Scout.

Local police said he was not even on their radar.

But a close look at Robert Crimo’s online presence tells a very different story.

Across multiple platforms, the 21-year-old often posted disturbing and violent videos including one of a beheading.

The amateur rapper, who goes by the stage name “Awake the Rapper”, celebrated death and glamorized school shootings in one of his music videos, culminating in the gunman being shot dead by police.

There’s also the unexplained obsession with the number 47 – which is the date for July 4 backwards.

Read the report by Rachel Sharp looking into Mr Crimo’s disturbing online world:

Namita Singh6 July 2022 10:45

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Crimo went to Trump rally dressed as Where’s Waldo

Robert Crimo attended a Donald Trump rally dressed up as the character from “Where’s Waldo”.

Mr Crimo appears to be a supporter of the former president – who is currently himself the focus of an investigation in Congress over the January 6 Capitol riot.

The 21-year-old, who posted disturbing videos online ahead of Monday’s massacre, was pictured in the Waldo outfit at a Trump rally in Northbrook, Illinois, in September 2020.

He posted a selfie of himself at the event with a Trump 2020 flag seen in the background.

Read the details in this report by Rachel Sharp:

Namita Singh6 July 2022 10:30

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What we know about the gun used by Highland Park shooter

The type of gun used in the Highland Park 4 July shooting that killed seven and wounded over three dozen was a high-powered rifle “similar to an AR-15”, police said at a briefing on Tuesday.

Authorities initially said they had recovered a “rifle” from along the parade route, and that they were deliberately withholding further details as they hunted for the gunman.

Sgt Christopher Covelli, from the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, later revealed the gunman had scaled a fire escape and fired more than 70 rounds down onto the crowd from a business rooftop.

When the gunfire erupted just after 10am CDT, hundreds of parade-goers in Highland Park fled leaving prams, clothes and pools of blood strewn along the route in Highland Park.

In videos of the incident, the heavy, staccato sound of semi-automatic gunfire was unmistakable.

“We heard 20 to 30 rounds,” Letham Burns told NBC News.

“It definitely was semi-automatic, in a rapid cadence.”

Read the details in this report from my colleague Bevan Hurley:

Namita Singh6 July 2022 10:15

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Greene shares photoshopped image of Robert Crimo

Marjorie Taylor Greene admitted to spreading a photoshopped photo as she doubled down on a series of baseless claims about the mass shooting at a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

The Georgia representative, a first-term congresswoman who is known for promoting outlandish conspiracy theories, began her bizarre assertions hours after the shooting on Monday when she suggested that suspected gunman Robert Crimo’s rampage could be blamed on illicit drug abuse or the side effects of commonly -used antidepressants.

Despite a lack of publicly available evidence indicating Mr Crimo was a drug user of any sort, Ms Greene took to Twitter late on Monday to say anyone not buying into her claims was part of a coverup on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry.

My colleague Andrew Feinberg reports:

Namita Singh6 July 2022 10:00

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‘I knew she was dead’: Survivor recalls leaving dead mother and running to safety

Recalling the moment she saw her mother killed right in front of her, Cassie Goldstein, 22, said she was forced to leave her dead mother and run to safety.

“I was standing there with my mom, and I heard what I thought were firecrackers firing into the street across from me. And then I looked up and I saw the shooter shooting down at the kids, ”Ms Goldstein told NBC New Tuesday.

“And I told her that it was a shooter and that she had to run.”

They were running side to side when her mother, Katherine Goldstein, 64, was hit by a bullet in the chest and fell to the ground.

“I knew she was dead,” she said. “I just told her that I loved her, but I could not stop, because he was still shooting everyone next to me.”

She told the outlet that she “kept running” and “hid behind a trash can”.

Her mother was among the seven people killed in the mass shooting during a July 4 parade. “She was just a good mom. And I got 22 years with her. And I got to have 22 years with the best mom in the world. ”

Community members embrace at a memorial site near the parade route the day after a mass shooting at 4 July parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois

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Namita Singh6 July 2022 09:45

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