The uncle of Robert E. Cremo, the man identified as the person involved in the mass shooting at the Independence Day parade in a Chicago suburb, said Monday he “didn’t see any warning signs” that his nephew might be violent.
At least six people were killed and 36 injured after a rooftop gunman opened fire during the July 4 parade in Highland Park — about 25 miles north of downtown Chicago — sending hundreds of protesters and parents with strollers and children fleeing on bicycles in horror. .
Hours later, the police announced that they had arrested a 22-year-old man named Robert E. Cremo as a VIP.
His uncle Paul Cremo expressed his condolences to the families of those who died and said there was no way he could see this coming, according to Fox 32 Chicago.
‘I didn’t see any signs of trouble. If I saw signs I would have said something,’ Cremo said, adding that he and his brother were ‘very well known’ in the Highland Park area.
Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jugmen said the 22-year-old was arrested around 6:30 p.m. after a chase in the northern suburbs, more than eight hours after the shooting.
He was taken into custody without incident, and no charges were brought until Monday evening as police continue to investigate the matter.
Cremo said he saw his nephew on Sunday but didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. He added that he did not see anything that could excite him.
The man was described as a YouTube rapper and artist who mostly kept to himself.
The man, also called Bobby, lived in an apartment in the back of his home in Heywood, north of Highland Park.
Mr Kremo also expressed his grief, saying his “heart just broke”.
I am deeply sorry for everyone who lost their lives and was injured. He added from the bottom of my heart… I’m broken.
Heavily armed police officers were seen at the man’s father’s home on Monday.