(Nation World News) — Prosecutors told court Wednesday that the attacker admitted to carrying out the attack in the Fourth of July parade massacre in Highland Park, Illinois, which killed seven and injured dozens.
Robert E. Cremo III, 21, told officers in a voluntary statement that he “looked through the peephole” at the audience, emptying two 30-round magazines before loading his gun with a third and firing, targeted and fired bullets”. Again, Lake County Assistant State Attorney Ben Dillon said during the virtual bond hearing.
A judge ordered Cremo, who appeared at the hearing dressed in black, to be held without bail on seven counts of first-degree murder. Lake County State Attorney Eric Rinehart said the conviction would result in a life sentence in prison without parole, but more charges could be filed in the future.
“For every person injured, people can expect a charge of attempted murder as well as aggravated assault with a firearm,” Rinehart said at a news conference after the hearing. He added: “Every time you fire at a person, you are committing the offense of grievous discharge of a weapon, whether you hit someone or not. There will be many more charges in the coming weeks.”
Cremo has been appointed public defender and is due to appear in court again on July 28.
According to officials, the shooter opened fire from the roof of the Highland Park business as the parade was underway after 10 a.m. Monday.
Investigators believe that Cremo wore women’s clothing to hide his identity and used makeup to cover up his tattoos. Chris Coveli, a spokesman for the Lake County Serious Crimes Task Force, said earlier that he walked off the roof and joined the running crowd.
According to officials, five people who shot at the parade were declared brought dead on the spot and two admitted to the hospital succumbed to their injuries. A total of 39 patients were taken to medical facilities “by ambulance or other means,” according to Jim Anthony of Northshore University Health System, and two patients remained hospitalized as of Wednesday afternoon.
Surveillance video from the scene showed a man running west with a black bag over his shoulder shortly after the shooting, Dillon said on Wednesday, describing the events of July 4. As the man was running, an object wrapped in cloth fell on the pavement. Dropped the subject matter and continued running.
Dillon said that upon recovery, officers identified the object as a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 semi-automatic rifle. There was a cartridge in the chamber, but no magazine was inserted.
Dillon said investigators found three 30-round magazines and 83 shell shells on the roof.
Shooter ‘seriously considering’ second shooting
Authorities believe Cremo had been planning the attack for weeks, and the rifle he used and another allegedly possessed when he was taken into custody by police, appears to be Illinois. was purchased legally in the U.S., Covelli said. Other weapons were recovered from his home in the nearby town of Highwood.
An even worse massacre could have happened: According to a police spokesman, Cremo moved to Madison, Wisconsin on Monday after the Illinois shooting and contemplated a second attack.
Cremo saw “a celebration was going on … and seriously considered using the shotgun in his vehicle to do another shooting in Madison,” Covelli told reporters after Wednesday’s arrest, adding that the weapon was simply shot. Identified as -Tech SUB 200. Coveli said that Cremo had about 60 rounds of ammunition in his car at the time.
Coveli said, “We have no information to suggest that he initially planned to go to Madison to conduct another attack. (But) we believe he was driving after the first attack and he Saw the celebration.”
“There are signs that they didn’t or didn’t do enough research,” Covelli said.
Coveli again declined to address the suspect’s motive, telling reporters he did not want to go into specifics about what Cremo told investigators.
“However, he had some sort of affinity for the numbers 4 and 7 and the reverse was 7/4,” Covelli said, referring to the date on Monday, July 4. According to Covelli, Cremo’s affinity “comes from the music he is interested in”.
Coveli said officials had no information to suggest that Monday’s shooting was “racially, religiously motivated or otherwise protected.”
The shooter had old contacts with the police.
As another community reels from a shocking mass shooting, the town’s mayor wonders how the shooter could afford guns given his previous run-ins with law enforcement.
However, information published by state and local police suggests that the attacker previously required the intervention of agents due to threats of violence and mental health problems.
Cremo had two run-ins with police in 2019 for fear of his own safety and that of others, information that led Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rottering to question how Cremo was able to obtain firearms legally.
The Highland Park Police Department received a report in April 2019 that Cremo had previously attempted suicide, Covelli said Tuesday. He said police spoke to Cremo and his parents and that the matter was handled by mental health professionals.
In September of that year, a relative reported that Cremo threatened family members to “kill everyone” and had a collection of knives, Covelli said. The police took out 16 knives, a dagger and a sword from his house.
The state agency said Highland Park Police filed a “clear and present danger” report on the trip with the Illinois State Police. The state police said in a news release on Tuesday that the family members were unwilling to file any further complaint.
State police said the knives confiscated by Highland Park Police were returned the same day Cremo’s father claimed they belonged to him.
According to Coveli, over the next two years, Cremo legally purchased five weapons, including rifles, pistols, and possibly a shotgun. State police confirmed on Tuesday that Cremo conducted four background checks during firearms purchases between June 2020 and September 2021, including checks from the federal National Accelerated Criminal Background Check System.
To buy guns in Illinois, people need a firearms owner identification (FOID) card. Cremo was under the age of 21, so he was sponsored by his father, the state police said. Cremo’s request was not denied because at the time there was “no sufficient ground to establish a clear and present danger”.
The only offense listed on Cremo’s record was a violation of a January 2016 tobacco possession ordinance, police said, which occurred when he was a minor.
Meyer Rottering, who said she had met the shooter as a boy in the ‘pack’ of Cub Scouts she led, said she was “waiting for an explanation” as to how she was able to obtain the Cremo weapon. was competent, saying that Highland Park Police had filed the necessary report.
“We know that people in other countries suffer from mental illness, they suffer from anger, maybe they play violent video games, but they can’t lay their hands on these weapons of war and they just don’t want this kind of genocide as their own. Can’t bring in. Cities. It has to stop,” the mayor told Nation World News’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday, noting that the state has warning or “red flag” laws, but adding that if people have warning signs If they appear, they need to speak.
Officials Identified 7 Victims
Authorities identified six of the seven victims killed in the shootings on Tuesday and a seventh on Wednesday:
- Katherine Goldstein, 64, of Highland Park
- Irina McCarthy, 35, of Highland Park
- Kevin McCarthy, 37, of Highland Park
- Jacqueline Sundheim, 63, of Highland Park
- Stephen Strauss, 88, of Highland Park
- Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78, from Morelos, Mexico
- Eduardo Uvaldo, 69, of Waukegan, Illinois
Their family told Nation World News that Irina and Kevin McCarthy were with their 2-year-old son, Aiden, who was found alive and brought to a safe place.
Aiden survived because his father protected him with his body, his grandfather Michael Lewberg told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Aiden was taken to a police station and Lewberg picked him up, Grandpa told the Chicago Tribune.
“When I picked her up, she said, ‘Are mom and dad coming soon?’ According to the Tribune, Lewberg said on Tuesday “doesn’t make sense”.
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