The father of the Highland Park shooting suspect could face criminal charges after sponsoring his son’s firearms permit.
Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly said Bob Crimo “may bear responsibility in certain circumstances” for the actions of his 21-year-old son Robert, who is accused of shooting seven people to death at a March 4 parade. July in the United States.
Last week it was revealed that the suspect was too young to obtain a gun permit from the state of Illinois in December 2019, for which his father sponsored his firearm owners identification (FOID) card.
He did so despite police being called to the family’s home twice that year because their son threatened to harm himself and others.
In the first incident, police responded to a call saying the then 19-year-old was threatening to take his own life. The second time police contacted Robert Crimo was in September 2019, just two months before his father sponsored his FOID. card.
On that occasion, the agents were called to the house because he had threatened to “kill everyone.”
Police later determined that Robert Crimo was a “clear and present danger” and proceeded to seize 16 knives, a dagger and a Samurai-style sword from the home, according to a redacted report released by the Illinois State Police.
In an interview with ABC, Bob Crimo claimed that the incidents had been “taken out of context” and were more akin to a “childish outburst”. At that time, the police did not open a criminal investigation.
Robert Crimo was also reportedly a minor in 2020 when he purchased the AR-15-style weapon allegedly used in Monday’s attack and was only able to do so because his father had sponsored his FOID card.
Police said there would be a criminal investigation into the possible guilt of the father because he sponsored his son’s FOID card.
Crimo’s father agreed to be “responsible for any damages resulting from the minor applicant’s use of firearms or firearm ammunition” under an affidavit he signed, according to NBC.
The station quoted Police Chief Kelly as saying it was “too early to tell” if the suspect’s parents could face criminal charges.
He is reported to have told reporters: “There will probably be civil litigation. There is ongoing criminal prosecution and criminal investigation.
“Issues of culpability, responsibility, who may have responsibility in certain circumstances, are an integral part of that process. To make a conclusive statement, the Illinois State Police, weighing that, is not appropriate.
“That determination and the answer to that question is something that will have to be decided in court.”
The parents of the accused shooter have hired high-profile attorney Steve Greenberg, whose previous clients have included the likes of R Kelly.
Robert E Crimo III faces seven counts of first-degree murder after allegedly climbing to the roof of a building and shooting seven people to death while injuring dozens more at the 4th of July parade in Highland Park last week.