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.
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“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.
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.
Suspect had contact with police
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.
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.
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.
6 victims identified by officials
• 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.
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.
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.”
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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