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Highland Park parade mass shooting LIVE updates – Robert E Crimo III ‘collected knives & tried to kill himself in 2019’

NEW information shared by the Highland Park Police Department reveals that shooting suspect Robert 'Bobby' Eugene Crimo III had two incidents with the police before he allegedly killed seven people during a July 4 Parade.

Crimo was taken into custody on Monday evening as a suspect in the Fourth of July parade mass shooting that killed at least seven and hospitalized around 45 more people. He was charged Tuesday with seven counts of first-degree murder.

Police found that in April of 2019, someone contacted the police a week after learning that Crimo had attempted suicide, according to Chris Covelli, spokesperson for the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force.

In September of 2019, police responded to a call from one of Crimo's family members where they reported that the gunman had threatened to "kill everyone."

Police responded to his residence and removed 16 knives, a dagger and a sword from Crimo's residence - but had no probable cause to arrest him, Covelli said.

Police said that after his arrest, law enforcement found that Crimo possessed five firearms, including at least two rifles, in total.

The parade in Highland Park, Illinois — about 25 miles north of Chicago — descended into chaos 10 minutes into its start after a gunman opened fire on parade-goers.

Read our Highland Park shooting blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Jennifer Korn

    'It looked like a battle zone'

    Pawelczek and her father hid behind a dumpster for about an hour until police moved them into a sporting goods store and then eventually escorted them back to their car, she said.

    She saw one person who had been shot in the ear and had blood all over his face and another girl who was shot in the leg.

    "It looked like a battle zone, and it's disgusting. It's really disgusting," she said.

  • Jennifer Korn

    'I saw a girl shot and killed'

    Witness Zoe Pawelczek told CNN parade-goers initially thought the array of pops were fireworks given the occasion.

    "And I was like, something's wrong. I grabbed my dad and started running. All of a sudden, everyone behind us started running," she said.

    "I looked back probably 20 feet away from me. I saw a girl shot and killed.

    "I saw her die. I've never seen anything like this."

  • Jennifer Korn

    Bernie Sanders: 'Congress must do more NOW'

    Senator Bernie Sanders issued a tweet in response to the Highland Park shooting.

    "Grocery stores. Schools. Churches. 4th of July parades. Places everyone should feel safe," he wrote.

    "Congress must do more NOW to protect our people."

  • Jennifer Korn

    Possible significance of face tattoos, continued

    It has been reported that Crimo was a fan of video games, according to the Daily Beast.

    The chilling artwork could be a reference to Agent 47 – the protagonist in the IO Interactive game Hitman.

    The fictional character carries out hits on criminals on behalf of the International Contract Agency (ICA).

    One person claimed Crimo had the tattoo inked because of his “fascination” with the game.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Possible significance of face tattoos

    Internet sleuths have begun forming theories around the number 47, which the alleged shooter had inked on the side of his face.

    Several have referenced that the shooting took place on July 4.

    One person said: “It’s July 4 backwards.”

    While another commented: “Think about it this way… 7th month. 4th day.”

    Sleuths have also speculated if the tattoo was a reference to an AK-47 assault rifle.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Charges against suspect announced

    Robert Crimo is being charged with seven counts of first-degree murder.

    "These are just the first of many charges filed against Mr Crimo," said State Attorney Eric Rinehart.

    "There will be more charges. We anticipate dozens of more charges."

  • Jennifer Korn

    'My mom was walking on the parade route'

    Dr. Nirav Pandya, Associate Professor of UCSF Orthopedic Surgery, tweeted that his mother was walking on the parade route just 20 minutes before the shooting.

    "She is luckily safe but another senseless act of gun violence.," he wrote.

    "This can impact any of us at any moment."

  • Jennifer Korn

    Other mass shootings this weekend, part four

    Four people were injured in a mass shooting in Tacoma, Washington around 9pm on Sunday. None of the injuries were said to be life-threatening.

    Authorities responded to another mass shooting at 11.51pm on Sunday in Manassas, Virginia, where four men were injured.

    Six people were injured at around 9.30pm on Saturday in Clinton, North Carolina. The victims ranged from 61 to 12 years old.

    Two people died and four people were injured around 6.45pm on Saturday night in Haltom City, Texas.

    And in Queens, New York, one person died and three others were injured after a shooter entered a mechanic shop and opened fire around 9.40pm.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Other mass shootings this weekend, part three

    Another mass shooting happened around the same time in Chicago, Illinois.

    Five people were injured in a shooting at about 12.13am on Monday, police reported.

    Authorities in Mullins, South Carolina, got a call about a gunshot victim around 2am on Sunday.

    Besides that victim, three other men with gunshot injuries were reported at the MUSC Marion Emergency Department.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Other mass shootings this weekend, continued

    Also on Monday around 3.39am, police responded to a mass shooting in Richmond, Virginia.

    Six people were shot, including four men and two women.

    Two people sustained life-threatening injuries and all of them are in the hospital.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Other mass shootings this weekend

    Four people were injured in Kansas City, Missouri after a mass shooting outside a concert early Monday.

    Another mass shooting occurred in Sacramento, California around 2am on Monday at a nightclub.

    Police said one person was killed and four others were injured.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Eleventh mass shooting this 4th of July weekend

    The Highland Park incident is the 11th mass shooting this Fourth of July weekend, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

    Christopher Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting was “very random, very intentional” while calling it “a very sad day.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    Suspect posted disturbing videos

    Crimo posted videos on a YouTube channel that has since been terminated due to violating community guidelines.

    Several of these videos contained music created by Crimo, along with disturbing videos to accompany the tracks.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Shooting took place in a wealthy suburb

    The median home in the area is valued at $535,000.

    In addition, more than 75 percent of people 25 and over have a college degree, according to US Census data.

  • Jennifer Korn

    No children died

    On Tuesday, officials revealed no children were among the dead and the suspected gunman planned the attack for several weeks.

    Six of the seven deceased victims were named on Tuesday - they're Nicolas Toledo, 76, Jacki Sundheim, 63, Stephen Straus, 88, Katherine Goldstein, 64, Irina McCarthy, 35, and Kevin McCarthy, 37

  • Jennifer Korn

    Crimo had two prior arrests

    During a Tuesday morning press conference, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Chris Covelli revealed that Crimo had two prior arrests.

    In 2019, a family member alerted police that the 22-year-old was allegedly going to "kill everyone and had a collection of knives".

    State police were notified of the second incident but Crimo wasn't arrested due to a lack of probable cause.

    Cops were contacted again after learning that Crimo attempted suicide.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Shooter fired more than 70 shots

    Robert E Crimo III is accused of firing more than 70 shots at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade in Illinois before evading arrest for eight hours after he took his mom's car.

    A total of 38 people, including at least four to five children, were injured by gunfire and taken to the NorthShore Hospital group, Chicago's WGN-TV reports.

    As of Tuesday, hospital spokesman Jim Anthony told the New York Times that 28 patients of those people have since been discharged and one of them died.

    Nine other patients were taken to Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Suspect 'disguised as a woman'

    The suspect disguised himself as a woman in a bid to evade police and hide his face tattoos, cops said.

    In the new picture shared by WGN Investigates, Robert E Crimo III is allegedly seen in his disguise and listening to music after he abandoned the rooftop where he had opened fire on the July 4 parade crowd.

    Cops said on Tuesday that he abandoned the rifle he used to gun down at least seven people - injuring more than 30 more - to change clothes and fled to his mom's home.

  • Jennifer Korn

    White Sox's statement

    "Out hearts are with the Highland Park community," the team said Monday.

    "The entire Chicago White Sox organization expresses our deepest sympathies to their families and friend of the innocent victims of today's horrific shooting and all of those who have been affected by this tragedy.

    "After consulting with Major League Baseball, [Monday night's] scheduled game against Minnesota will take place at 7:10pm. However, the postgame fireworks celebration is canceled."

    The team went on to add that there would be a moment of silence before the start of the game.

  • Jennifer Korn

    White Sox's firework show on Monday was canceled

    In honor of the Fourth of July, the White Sox organization was set to hold a fireworks show after their game against the Minnesota Twins was over but announced just hours before the first pitch that it was canceled.

    In a statement, the team said that they decided to cancel the event after consulting with Major League Baseball about the Highland Park shooting that has taken the lives of at least six people.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Chicago White Sox pay tribute

    "Our hearts are with Highland Park," the team tweeted, along with an image of players standing on a field during a tribute.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Suspect pictured on the ground

    Robert E Crimo III was pictured laying face-down on the ground as officials took him into custody Monday evening.

    He has since been officially charged in the Highland Park mass shooting.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Moment suspect was taken into custody

    Police were photographed taking Robert E Crimo III into custody Monday evening.

  • Jennifer Korn

    VP Kamala Harris visits Highland Park

    The Vice President and Second Gentleman visited Highland Park one day after the July 4th parade mass shooting.

    Photojournalist Brian Cassella with Chicago Tribune captured a photo of Kamala Harris in the area.

  • Carsen Holaday

    Disturbing painting

    NewsNation's Brian Entin tweeted out that he saw a disturbing image painted on the back of the suspected shooter's parents' house.

    The painting on the side of the house is a character with a happy face holding a rifle.

    The painting has the same head as one of the pictures shown on Crimo's t-shirt in one of his online videos from before the shooting.