Bystanders run after hearing gunshots at the July 4th Parade in Illinois
Robert Cremo, the suspect in the mass shooting at the Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois, was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder on Tuesday.
If convicted, he faces life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. More charges, including potential federal charges, are expected to be announced in the coming days and weeks.
Authorities say the July 4th massacre was not the first time the 21-year-old has been linked to violence. In 2019, authorities revealed that Kremo had threatened to “kill everyone” in his home.
Officers were called to Robert E. Cremo’s home in September 2019 and confiscated several knives, but did not arrest the suspect, Lake County Sheriff Christopher Coveley said at a Tuesday afternoon news conference.
Mr. Cremo is suspected of escaping a fire and firing more than 70 shots into the July 4 parade crowd from the rooftop of a commercial building, killing five at the scene, mortally wounding two, and injuring dozens.
He was arrested about eight hours later after an intense manhunt.
Coveli said earlier that the suspect “planned his attack for several weeks” and wore women’s clothing as camouflage so he could slip under the radar as he fled the scene.
Six of the seven victims have been named: Catherine Goldstein, 64, Irina McCarthy, 35, Kevin McCarthy, 37, Jacqueline Sondheim, 63, Stephen Strauss, 88, and Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78.
Watch: How Highland Park was shot to the ground
Fourth of July festivities turned to bloody chaos in Highland Park, Illinois when gunfire rang out over festive music and screaming onlookers ran for their lives.
Appearing to have been taken from the mobile phone of a teenage reveler, the video began by showing families sitting on the sidewalk, watching a band pass by.
But suddenly the band members ran into a race and sprinted toward the parade track as the observers began jumping off the ground.
Josh MarcusJuly 6 2022 04:00
Community members were shocked as Robert Cremo was accused of shooting at Highland Park
Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rottering has revealed that she once served as a scout for Robert Cremo, the 22-year-old charged with seven counts of murder in the July 4th mass shooting that left seven dead and dozens injured.
Talk to NBC today’s show Ms Rottering, host Hoda Kotb on Tuesday morning, made it clear that she could not say whether Mr Kremo was known to authorities prior to the Independence Day shooting but that she had known him personally several years ago when she was serving as a scouts leader in the area.
“I know him as someone who was a Cub Scout when I was the Cub Scout leader,” said Ms Rottering. And one of those things where you step back and say, ‘What happened? “How did someone become so angry, this hateful, to take it over an innocent who, literally, was just having a family day out?”
When the host pressed her about whether she had any specific memories of Mr. Cremo from his childhood, the mayor kept her reply blunt but brief: “He was just a little kid.”
Joanna Chisholm He has more.
Josh MarcusJuly 6, 2022 03:30
What does Robert Cremo “47” tattoo mean?
The 21-year-old suspected of shooting the Highland Park Fourth of July parade appears to have an obsession with the number 47.
Police believe Robert “Bobby” Cremo III was wearing a wig and women’s clothing before using a powerful rifle to fire more than 70 rounds at a crowd in suburban Chicago on Monday morning, killing six and wounding dozens.
Cremo left an extensive digital footprint as the aspiring rapper, who was performing under his alter ego, noted that he woke up to number 47.
The figure has also been tattooed on the side of his face, as well as on the door of a car parked outside his family home.
Bevan Hurley He has the details.
Josh MarcusJuly 6, 2022 03:00
Republicans are already spreading conspiracy theories about the Highland Park shooting
Marjorie Taylor Green admitted to posting a photoshopped image while doubling down on a series of unfounded allegations about the mass shooting at the July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
The Georgia actress, a first-term congresswoman known for promoting bizarre conspiracy theories, began her outlandish assertions hours after Monday’s shootings when she suggested gunman Robert Kremo’s rampage could be attributed to illegal drug use or common side effects. Used antidepressants.
Although there is no publicly available evidence to suggest that Kremo was a drug user of any kind, Greene took to Twitter late Monday to say that anyone not buying her claims was part of the coverage on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry.
“When are we going to have an honest conversation about substance abuse, mental illness, SSRIs…and potentially fatal side effects. Are we really going to keep pretending? Or covering Big Pharma? Because I’m completely done with the political plays on this.” [bulls***],” she wrote. SSRIs — selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors — are drugs often used as antidepressants.
Andrew Feinberg He has the full report.
Josh MarcusJuly 6, 2022 02:30
WATCH: Highland Park official calls for ban on assault weapons
Eric Reinhart, the state attorney for Lake County, Illinois and the United States in general has advocated for a ban on assault rifles.
Rinehart, a Highland Park resident, said Illinois already has a strong red flag law, but there is more that needs to be done to avoid further gun tragedies.
All the people who died steps away from here lost all their freedom. Every ounce of freedom they had. freedom of love. The freedom to learn. “And the freedom to live a full life,” the state’s attorney said. “Their freedom matters too. We must do more as we think and think about their freedom on July 5.”
Josh MarcusJuly 6, 2022 02:00
Robert Cremo: Videos of beheadings and glorification of school shootings and takeovers of 47
Robert Cremo’s preoccupation with violence seems to have left the internet and into the real life of the innocent families, friends and locals who came to watch the July 4th show in Highland Park.
Rachel Sharp He has the details.
Josh MarcusJul 6 2022 01:40
What we know so far about the victims of the Highland Park mass shooting
A loving grandfather, a married couple with a two-year-old son, and a pre-school teacher are among the seven victims who were fatally wounded during the Independence Day mass shooting in Highland Park.
Josh MarcusJul 6 2022 01:20
Photo of Robert Cremo disguised as women to escape the Highland Park shooting
The suspect in the Highland Park shooting “planned his attack several weeks in advance” and wore women’s clothing as a disguise so he could escape the mass shooting scene where he had just killed six victims, according to law enforcement.
Josh MarcusJuly 6, 2022 01:00
WATCH: State Police Explain Why They Didn’t Ban Robert Cremo from Buying Weapons
Earlier today, the Illinois State Police explained how Robert Cremo III was able to legally apply for a gun title card.
Josh MarcusJuly 6 2022 00:45
Should officials have done more to prevent Robert Cremo from obtaining a gun?
By the time he allegedly committed the Highland Park shooting, Robert Cremo, 21, owned five weapons, including two rifles, two pistols and possibly a shotgun, according to police.
At the investigation stage, officials say it appears that Kremo purchased the guns legally in the Chicagoland area.
This was the site of two troubling incidents in 2019, when Mr. Kremo reportedly attempted suicide and later threatened to kill his entire family, and Illinois’ “red flag” law was intended to keep handguns away from people at risk of violence.
Illinois State Police Say that because the 2019 incident did not lead to any charges, arrests, or firearms confiscation, there was not enough to declare a clear and present danger and deny the FOID.
Josh MarcusJuly 6 2022 00:29