The suspect charged with the mass shooting during a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois that killed seven people and injured dozens more has been charged with 117 counts.
Prosecutors announced Wednesday that the suspect, Robert Crimo III, faces 21 counts of first-degree murder, which breaks down to three counts of first-degree murder for each deceased victim. According to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, the 21-year-old also faces 48 counts of attempted murder and 48 counts of aggravated assault with a firearm for each parade victim who was injured by a bullet or shrapnel. Crimo was initially charged with seven counts of murder after his arrest; he will appear in court next week to be arraigned on the new charges. He is currently being held without bond.
Crimo confessed to opening fire on the parade crowd from a nearby rooftop. Authorities believe Crimo planned the mass shooting for weeks, saying he used a ‘high powered’ weapon and fired more than 70 rounds into the crowd of parade and attendees before dropping his rifle . Crimo was licensed for his gun and passed four background checks in 2020 and 2021. Crimo’s father, former Highland Park mayoral candidate Robert Crimo Jr., sponsored the gun application of his son for a license in December 2019; the suspect purchased the weapon legally in Illinois.
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