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What is known about the suspect who shot during a parade near Chicago and left 6 dead and 25 injured


Police arrested a 22-year-old man on Monday suspected in the shooting spree that left at least 6 dead and 24 wounded at a US Independence Day parade in an affluent Chicago suburb.

Robert E. Crimo III was taken into custody after a brief pursuit in Lake Forest, Illinois, authorities said Monday night. He was taken into custody without incident outside Chicago, police said.

The man, armed with a powerful rifle, fired from a rooftop into the crowd that had gathered for the traditional July 4 parade in Highland Park, a town of 30,000 inhabitants in the state of Illinois.

Police said the attacker used a “high-powered rifle” and said “evidence of firearms” was found on the roof of a nearby business.

About two dozen people, including children, were being treated for gunshot wounds, some of them in critical condition, authorities said.

The Lake County sheriff said Crimo was “in custody.” Earlier, the police had warned that he was armed and that he was “very dangerous”.


Crimo introduces himself as a musician, calling himself “Awake the Rapper” on the internet.

Several music videos with his name appear on various platforms and social networks, showing a young man with physical characteristics similar to the photographs shown by the police.

In several of the videos, Crimo appears to advocate guns and school shootings.

The movie page IMDb (Internet Movie Database) describes Crimo (born September 20, 2000) as a “hip hop phenomenon”, known for “his hit song On My Mind”, released on October 8, 2018.

Another description of Crimo, who started uploading his music online when he was 11, read: “Lo-fi sad boy later released a second mixtape titled ‘Observer’ on August 10, 2018 and an EP called ‘The Future Is Dope’ on his 18th birthday. After a couple of months Awake releases their hit song ‘On my mind’.”

In the most recent music activity, the rapper had released a song called ‘Are You Awake’ on October 15, 2021. The track includes violent imagery and lyrics that highlight impending doom.

According to US media, Crimo is the son of Bob Crimo, president of Bob’s Pantry and Deli in Highland Park. According to his Facebook account, Bob Crimo is running for mayor of Highland Park in 2020.

Police escort a family away from the scene of a shooting at a Fourth of July parade on July 4, 2022 in Highland Park, Illinois. Police have arrested Robert Bobby E. Crimo III, 22, in connection with the shooting that killed six people and wounded 19, according to published reports. (Photo by Mark Borenstein/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/Getty Images via AFP) Photo: AFP

The Chicago police took almost eight hours to find the whereabouts of Crimo, whose photo and details about the car in which he was moving began to circulate on the internet.

Authorities reported that the young man was driving a Honda Fit with Illinois plates DM8063, describing him as “a thin, white male with brown eyes and brown hair, weighing 120 pounds.”

They detailed that he had several tattoos, including a distinctive one on his cheek that showed four stripes with another that crosses them, like the traditional count of five.

Photograph provided this Monday by the Highland Park Police Department in which the person of interest identified as Robert E. ‘Bobby’ Crimo III was registered, who was arrested on suspicion of perpetrating a mass shooting, which leaves until now six people killed and a dozen more seriously injured during the Independence Day parade in Highland Park (Illinois, USA). EFE/Highland Park Police Department

This massacre occurred within the framework of a wave of armed violence that is sweeping the United States, where approximately 40,000 people are killed annually by firearms.

This incident cast a shadow over America’s most patriotic holiday, where towns and cities hold parades to commemorate independence, families gather, attend sporting events and celebrate with fireworks.

“We were getting ready to march down the street when a wave of people started running towards us. And right before that, we heard pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, and I thought it was fireworks,” said Emily Prazak, who was going to take part in the parade.

In Another shooting occurred in Philadelphia during the 4th of July celebration, leaving two police officers wounded by gunfire during a fireworks display.reported the major US media. (YO)

Source: Eluniverso



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