Jul 27, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Highland Park shooting suspect indicted on dozens of murder charges

Photo of flowers and stuffed animals at a memorial site with a plaque that reads "Highland Park"
People lay flowers and cards near a spot where a mass shooting took place during the Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois on July 10, 2022. Photo: Jacek Boczarski/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The man who allegedly killed seven people and wounded more than 30 others during a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, has been indicted on charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery, AP reports.

The big picture: The mass shooting sent shockwaves across Illinois and followed weeks of high-profile gun violence.

Driving the news: A grand jury has indicted Robert E. Crimo III on 21 first-degree murder counts, 48 counts of attempted murder and 48 counts of aggravated battery.

  • Prosecutors say he admitted to the shooting after he was detained.
  • Crimo's attorneys have not yet formally responded to the charges.

Don't forget: Highland Park police have said they were called twice to the Crimo home in 2019 — in April for a suicide attempt and in September after the suspect threatened his family, Axios' Monica Eng reports.

  • They noted however that Crimo was still able to legally obtain a firearm owner's identification card — sponsored by his father — and purchase five firearms after those two incidents.

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