Highland Park shooter’s first mugshot released as he confesses in court to firing more than 80 shots

Highland Park shooting suspect Robert ‘Bobby’ Crimo III made a virtual court appearance (left) shortly after his first mugshot (right) was released on Wednesday (Pictures: Getty Images/AP)

Robert ‘Bobby’ Crimo III in his first court appearance confessed to firing more than 80 shots in the Highland Park Fourth of July parade.

Crimo, 21, who appeared expressionless in his first mugshot released shortly before his hearing on Wednesday morning, was denied bail.

During the bond hearing, Assistant State’s Attorney Ben Dillon told a judge that Crimo made ‘a voluntary statement confessing to his actions’. Crimo admitted that he climbed the roof of a building over the parade and ‘looked down his sights and opened fire’, Dillon said.

Crimo fired a 30-round magazine, then two more, according to Dillon. Police recovered 83 shell casings on the rooftop.

In a video feed, Robert ‘Bobby’ Crimo III appears before Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak in his first court appearance on Wednesday (Picture: AP)

Appearing virtually, Crimo was silent for most of the hearing and displayed no reaction as Dillon read the names of seven of the people Ki**ed and recounted details from Monday’s massacre. Crimo wore a black T-shirt that showed a rose tattoo around his neck.

Crimo has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder, and Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart saying he anticipates ‘many more charges’ to be filed against him.

‘Yesterday, I referred to the fact that there were additional charges, many more charges against this defendant because so many people were hurt,’ Rinehart said on Wednesday. ‘For each individual that was hurt, people can anticipate an attempted murder charge as well as an aggravated battery with a firearm charge.’

In his booking photo, Crimo wore a black T-shirt and had his cheek and neck tattoos showing.

Robert ‘Bobby’ Crimo III’s first booking photo was released on Wednesday morning (Picture: AP)

Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday said that Crimo after firing in Highland Park considered committing another attack in Madison, Wisconsin, using another firearm he had in his car.

‘Investigators did develop some information that it appears when he drove to Madison, he was driving around, however, he did see a celebration that was occurring in Madison, and he seriously contemplated using the firearm he had in his vehicle to commit another shooting in Madison,’ Covelli said.

However, Crimo decided to turn back and tossed his cell phone in Middleton, Wisconsin. He was arrested on Monday night in Lake Forest, about five miles from the shooting scene.

Crimo’s parents have not been charged and are being represented by lawyer Steve Greenberg, while their son has retained two attorneys from a different firm.

‘I don’t think anyone’s ever aware of any red flags that make them think that their son is gonna go out in their own community and start shooting people,’ Greenberg said on behalf of Crimo’s parents.

‘Had they seen any signs of it, I think they would have acted. They’re responsible parents.’



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