HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. - The gunman who allegedly opened fire at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park Monday has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder.
Authorities anticipate to announce more charges in the days to come.
Forty-five people were injured or killed in the attack, which was thought to have been planned by the alleged gunman, Robert Crimo III, for several weeks.
Officials have identified the seven victims who died in the attack.
- Katherine Goldstein, 64, of Highland Park
- Irina McCarthy, 35, of Highland Park
- Kevin McCarthy 37, of Highland Park
- Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63, of Highland Park
- Stephen Straus, 88, of Highland Park
- Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78, of Morelos, Mexico
- Eduardo Uvaldo, 69, of Waukegan
The shooting occurred at a spot on the parade route where many residents had staked out prime viewing points early in the day for the annual celebration. Dozens of fired bullets sent hundreds of parade-goers — some visibly bloodied — fleeing.
Investigators who have interrogated the suspect and reviewed his social media posts have not determined a motive for the attack or found any indication that he targeted anyone by race, religion or other protected status, Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli said.
The suspect was also allegedly disguised as a woman at the time of the shooting.
"Investigators do believe he did this to conceal his facial tattoos and his identity and help him during the escape with the other people who were fleeing the chaos," said Covelli.
After the shooting, the suspect blended in with the crowd and walked to his mother's home in the area where he borrowed her vehicle, Covelli said. A member of the community spotted Crimo driving and called 911.
He was pulled over and arrested during a traffic stop about five miles north of the shooting.
Another rifle was recovered from Crimo's vehicle when he was arrested. Police found more guns at his residence in Highwood.
All of the guns were purchased legally in Illinois and under his name, Covelli said.
Covelli said there were two prior instances where police were called to the suspect's residence.
In April 2019, Covelli said an individual contacted police after Crimo attempted suicide. Covelli said this was turned over to mental health professionals.
In September 2019, a family member contacted police after Crimo allegedly said he wanted to "kill everyone." Police responded and removed several knives, a sword and a dagger, Covelli said.
Illinois State Police said they received a Clear and Present Danger report in September 2019 about Crimo.
The report was in connection to a threat he allegedly made against his family. No one, including members of his family, was willing to move forward on a complaint, ISP said.
No arrests were made at that time.
At the time of the incident, Crimo did not have a FOID card to revoke, and did not have a pending FOID application to deny, police said.
Then, in December 2019, at 19, Crimo applied for a FOID card and was sponsored by his father.
At the time, ISP said there were insufficient basis to establish a clear and present danger and deny the application.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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