Robert Crimo, the young man accused of attacking a July 4 parade in suburban Chicago, has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder.
Just 24 hours after authorities announced they had arrested the 21-year-old, who allegedly attacked the parade in Highland Park with a high-powered rifle, they said the seven counts were not probably the first and others might follow. If found guilty, he will carry a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.
“In the courtroom, we are going to ask for the maximum sentence against this offender. Not because we seek revenge, but because justice and the healing process demand it,” said Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart.
Mr. Rinehart also called for an assault weapons ban in the state of Illinois. And as he announced the charges, members of the public gathered to listen.
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In addition to the seven people killed, several dozen were injured.
“We must do everything we can to ensure that the horror that marked these streets, that echoed through these buildings, will never happen again,” he said.
“All the people who died a few steps from here lost their freedom, all that. Every ounce of freedom they had. The freedom to love. The freedom to learn. And the freedom to live a good life. filled.
He added: “Their freedom matters too. We need to do more as we think and reflect on their freedom this July 5th. »
Details of the charges against the 21-year-old, who posed as a singer called Awake the Rapper, came when it was revealed he had legally purchased two high-powered rifles and three other weapons, despite the call of the authorities at his home. twice since 2019. Officials said he also threatened suicide and violence, police said Tuesday.
A Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesperson told a news conference that Mr Crimo allegedly used a high-powered rifle ‘similar to an AR-15’ to spray more than 70 rounds from the top of a commercial building onto a crowd that had gathered. for the parade in Highland Park.
Police say they were called to the suspect’s home in September 2019 after a family member called to say he was threatening to “kill everyone” in the house. Task force spokesman Christopher Covelli said police confiscated 16 knives, a dagger and a sword, but said there was no sign he had any firearms there. ‘era.
Also on Tuesday, officials said they believe the suspected gunman spent several weeks planning the attack and was wearing women’s clothing during his rooftop jaunt.
Mr Rinehart was asked why a red flag warning was not requested in 2019, after police attended his home.
“I don’t know the Illinois State Police’s internal process after this report was taken. We know there was no pending application at the time,” he said.
The state has since had the Illinois Gun Ban Ordinance.
“The purpose of this tool is to ensure the safety of the individual and those around him. This allows the courts to temporarily remove guns and prevent the purchase of new guns by people who pose a significant risk,” he said.
It is known that on Monday afternoon, Mr. Crimo was arrested by authorities after a traffic stop near Lake Forest, a Chicago suburb about six miles north of where the attack on the parade of the independence day was conducted.
Additional reports by agencies