Highland Park shooting suspect charged with seven counts of first-degree murder

Robert ‘Bobby’ Crimo III (right) was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder on Tuesday (Pictures: AP/REX)

Highland Park shooting suspect Robert ‘Bobby’ Crimo III has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder – in what may be just the beginning of what he faces.

Crimo, 21, could be hit with nearly a dozen more charges, announced Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart late afternoon Tuesday.

‘These are the first of many charges,’ said Rinehart.

If convicted on the seven counts, Crimo would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole, Rinehart said.

John Lausch Jr, the US attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, called the state murder charges ‘appropriate at this time’. He added that federal authorities will keep cooperating with state and local investigators. Lausch would not say whether federal charges will also be filed.

Rinehart called the massacre a ‘premediated and calculated attack’, but did not speculate on the motive.

Meanwhile, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli confirmed that Crimo purchased firearms before he turned 21 years old.

Crimo’s first court appearance is scheduled via Zoom on Wednesday. Prosecutors plan to ask that he be held without bail.

He has retained a high-profile defense attorney, Thomas Durkin, who told the that Crimo’s family contacted him on Monday.

Crimo was charged hours after police confirmed that a from the massacre at Highland Park’s annual Fourth of July parade.

Authorities said that Crimo fired more than 70 rounds from the roof of a business and that he his tattoos and blend in with the crowd while fleeing.

Crimo was questioned by cops twice in 2019, after in his family in separate incidents, according to Covelli. Police recovered 16 knives, a dagger and a sword from the home, but at the time ‘there was no probable cause to arrest and no complaints assigned by the victims’, Covelli said.

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