Highland Park gunman Robert Crimo contemplated second shooting: authorities

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Highland Park gunman Robert Crimo contemplated second shooting: authorities

The alleged Highland Park Fourth of July gunman “seriously contemplated” shooting up another celebration after going on the run, authori

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The alleged Highland Park Fourth of July gunman “seriously contemplated” shooting up another celebration after going on the run, authorities revealed Wednesday.

Robert E. “Bobby” Crimo III, 21, allegedly had another rifle and approximately 60 rounds on him when he fled Highland Park after allegedly killing seven and injuring more than 40 others on Monday.

“While he was driving and he located this celebration occurring in the Madison (Wisconsin) area, he contemplated another attack with a firearm he had in his car,” Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli told a news conference.

“He seriously contemplated using the firearm in his vehicle to commit another shooting in Madison.”

Crimo III has been charged with seven counts of first Degree Murder in the Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, Ill.
Robert Crimo III has been charged with seven counts of first degree murder in the Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, Ill.
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Investigators don’t yet know why Crimo drove to Madison as the hours-long manhunt for him was underway.

After he was finally nabbed, Lake County state’s attorney Eric Reinhart said Crimo confessed that he’d unleashed the hail of gunfire on the Highland Park parade-goers before going on the run.

Authorities would not go into Crimo’s possible motive, but did acknowledge he “had an affinity for the numbers four and seven” — which, when inverted, points to the date he carried out the massacre.

The obsession with the numbers “apparently comes from music that he’s interested,” Covelli said.

Lake County State's Attorney Eric Rinehart speaks to members of the media outside Lake County Court House.
Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart speaks to the media.
Reuters
An officer speaks after the court hearing of Robert Crimo.
An officer speaks after the court hearing of Robert Crimo.
Reuters

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