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Awake the Rapper: Who is Robert E. Crimo?

TRAGEDY struck Highland Park, Illinois, on July 4, 2022, after a shooter opened fire on a Fourth of July parade.

The shooting left seven dead and over 20 people injured.

Robert 'Bobby' E Crimo III is a person of interest in the Highland Park shootingCredit: Highland Park Police

Who is Robert 'Bobby' E Crimo III?

Robert “Bobby” E Crimo III, 22, was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder following the deadly Fourth of July shooting in Highland Park, Illinois.

According to CBS News, he was arrested around 6.30pm local time.

Officials said that he was stopped after a brief pursuit and is being taken to the Highland Park Police Department.

According to his FBI wanted poster, he is 5'11" and weighs around 120 pounds.

He also has several tattoos, including four tally marks with a line through them on his right cheek and a cursive script about his left eyebrow.

What happened in Highland Park, Illinois?

In honor of the Fourth of July, Highland Park, Illinois - which is about 25 miles north of Chicago - was scheduled to hold a parade.

Just 10 minutes after the start of the festivities, a shooter opened fire on the crowd, causing hundreds to flee in terror.

Highland police believe the shooter scaled a ladder in an alley to access the roof of a business and then proceeded to open fire at parade-goers.

"He was very discreet and very difficult to see," Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Chris Covelli said.

Shortly after the shooting, authorities recovered a "high-powered rifle" believed to have been used in the mass shooting.

President Joe Biden released a statement as the news started to spread, saying that he has been in touch with local officials and the governor of Illinois.

Biden said: "Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day. 

At least 6 people have died in the Highland Park parade shootingCredit: EPA

"As always, we are grateful for the first responders and law enforcement on the scene.

"I have spoken to Governor Pritzker and Mayor Rotering, and have offered the full support of the Federal government to their communities.

"I also surged Federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter, who remains at large at this time.

"Members of the community should follow guidance from leadership on the ground, and I will monitor closely as we learn more about those whose lives have been lost and pray for those who are in the hospital with grievous injuries," he added.

On July 5, 2022, Robert was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder by the authorities, The Hill reports.

Eric Rinehart, the Lake County state's attorney, was the person to announce the charges.

Rinehart anticipates that there will be "dozens" of additional charges against Robert Crimo III.

He also called the tragedy a "premeditated and calculated attack."

"The loss of life and these devastating injuries and the overwhelming psychological trauma demand we seek justice and that we take broader action to protect life," he said.

Who are the Highland Park shooting victims?

Nicolas Toledo, 78, was identified as one of the seven victims by his family.

The remaining people killed were identified as Irina McCarthy, 35; Kevin McCarthy, 37; Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63; Stephen Straus, 88; Katherine Goldstein, 64; and Eduardo Uvaldo, 69.

"We are all feeling pretty numb. We're all pretty broken inside," Toledo's granddaughter told CBS Chicago.

The Highland Park parade shooting marked the 11th mass shooting over the July 4 weekend.