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Highland Park suspect admitted to firing on parade crowd, and contemplated attack in Madison, Wisconsin, officials say

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Highland Park suspect admitted to firing on parade crowd, and contemplated attack in Madison, Wisconsin, officials say

Robert E. Crimo III, 21, voluntarily released a statement to investigators, “admitted to his conduct,” including his shooting at marchers, Assistant State Attorney Ben Dillon said. Dillon claimed at a bail hearing.

Krimer, who was arrested hours after Monday’s shooting, will be held without bail, a judge determined via video call at Wednesday’s hearing.

Also on Wednesday, a police spokesman said Cremer drove to Madison, Wisconsin, on Monday after the Illinois shooting and was considering a shooting there.

After Cremer drove to Madison, he saw “there was a celebration…he was seriously considering firing again in Madison with the gun in his car,” said Chris Covey, spokesman for the Lake County Crime Squad. Leigh told reporters after the incident. court hearing.

“We have no information that he originally planned to drive to Madison for another attack. (But) we do believe he drove around after the first attack and saw the festivities” before considering shooting there, Coveley said. Say.

[Original story, published at 10:23 a.m. ET]

The man suspected of killing seven people and wounding dozens during a July 4 march in suburban Chicago is expected to appear in court for the first time on Wednesday.
And while another community is in shock after a shocking mass shooting, its mayor is questioning how the suspect was able to buy weapons because of his previous encounters with law enforcement.
21-year-old Robert E. Cremer III faces seven counts of first-degree murder “for his actions against our community,” Lake County Attorney Eric Reinhart, Illinois, said at a news conference Tuesday. Crazy killing”. A conviction would lead to life in prison without parole, he said. Illinois abolished the death penalty in 2011.

“These are just the first of many charges that will be brought against Mr. Cremer. I want to stress this point,” Reinhardt said, adding that prosecutors will ask the judge to deny bail.

Just after 10 a.m. Monday, the suspect opened fire from the roof of Highland Park as the parade began, according to authorities. More than 70 high-velocity rounds were fired from a rifle “similar to an AR-15,” said Chris Covelli, a spokesman for the Lake County Crime Squad.
Investigators believe Cremer wore women’s clothing to conceal his identity. Coveley said he left the roof and fled the area mixed with the fleeing crowd.
Officials said five of those shot during the march were pronounced dead at the scene, and two people who were hospitalized died from their injuries. According to Jim Anthony of North Shore University Health System, a total of 39 patients have been transported to medical facilities “by ambulance or otherwise”, and nine patients, ranging in age from 14 to 70, were still in hospital as of Tuesday afternoon. .
Coveley said Cremer had another rifle in his car when he was allegedly pulled over by police hours after the shooting, and other firearms were also found at his residence in nearby Haywood.
Authorities believe Cremer had planned the attack for weeks, using a rifle that appeared to be legally purchased in Illinois, he said.

However, information released by state and local police indicated the suspect had previously required police intervention due to threats of violence and mental health issues.

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Chairs, bicycles, strollers and balloons were left at the mass shooting scene in Highland Park.

Suspect had contact with police

In 2019, Creemore had two appearances with police over concerns for his and others’ safety, information that prompted Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering to wonder how Creemo could later legally obtain the firearms.

Coveley said Tuesday that the Highland Park Police Department received a report in April 2019 that Cremo had earlier attempted suicide. He said police spoke with Cremer and his parents and the matter is being handled by a mental health professional.

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In September of that year, a family member reported that Cremo threatened to “kill everyone” and collected some knives, Coveley said. Police recovered 16 knives, a dagger and a sword from their residence.

Highland Park Police filed a “clear and present hazard” report about the visit with the Illinois State Police, the state agency said. Family members were reluctant to file additional complaints, state police said in a news conference on Tuesday.

State police said the knives confiscated by Highland Park police were returned the same day after Cremer’s father claimed it was his.

Over the next two years, Cremo legally purchased five firearms — including rifles, pistols, and possibly a shotgun, according to Coveley. State police confirmed Tuesday that Cremer passed four background checks when he purchased the firearm between June 2020 and September 2021, including checks on the federal State Instant Criminal Background Check System.

To buy a firearm in Illinois, people need a Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card. State police said Cremer was under 21, so he was sponsored by his father. Cremer’s application was not rejected because “there was insufficient basis to establish a clear and present danger” at the time.

Police said the only criminal offense in Cremer’s criminal history was a violation of the statute for tobacco possession in January 2016, which occurred when he was a teenager.

The mayor of Rottling, who said she knew the suspect in the Boy Scouts she led, said she was “looking forward to explaining” how Cremo obtained the gun and said Highland Park Police had filed the necessary report.

“We know that in other countries, people suffer from mental illness, they suffer from anger, maybe they play violent video games, but they don’t have access to these weapons of war, they can’t bring this carnage to their homeland. This has to stop,” The mayor told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday, noting that the state has “red flag” laws, but added that people need to speak up if they see warning signs.

Investigators are working to determine a motive.

One detail about Cremer is that he attended a Passover service at the Central Avenue Synagogue in Highland Park in April, according to a congregation official. The official told CNN that he “looked unfamiliar” and left alone.

At this time, officials “do not have any information at this time that this is racially motivated, religiously motivated or any other protected status,” Coveley said.

    A woman looks at candles and flowers left by parade shooting victims in Highland Park on July 5, 2022.

6 victims identified by officials

On Tuesday, authorities identified six of the seven victims killed in the shooting:

• Katherine Goldstein, 64, from Highland Park

• Irina McCarthy, 35, Highland Park

• Kevin McCarthy, 37, Highland Park

• Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63, from Highland Park

• 88-year-old Stephen Strauss of Highland Park

• Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78, from Morelos, Mexico

The seventh victim died at a hospital outside Lake County, coroner Jennifer Bannek said.

Parents of a 2-year-old boy among the dead in the July 4 military parade shooting

Their family told CNN that Irina and Kevin McCarthy were with their 2-year-old son Aiden, who was found alive and taken to safety.

Aiden survived because his father protected him with his body, his grandfather Michael Levberg told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Aiden was taken to the police station, and Levberg picked him up, the grandfather told the Chicago Tribune.
“When I picked him up, he said, ‘Are Mom and Dad coming soon?’ Levberg said Tuesday, according to the Tribune. “He didn’t understand. “

Among those injured in the shooting was Eduardo Uvaldo, 69, who has been taken off life support and is in Evanston Hospital for his life, his daughter told CNN on Tuesday. and fight.

“The doctors said there was nothing they could do,” Karina Uvaldo Mendes said, but added that her father was still breathing on his own. “We need everyone to pray for us.”

According to a verified GoFundMe campaign, Uvaldo was hit in the arm, then the back of the head. Uvaldo-Mendez said his wife and grandson were also injured.

She said he tends to avoid parades because he doesn’t like crowds – but he does like the parade in Highland Park, and it’s the only one he attends every year.

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