The suspected Highland Park shooter has been taken into custody following a brief police chase.
Robert “Bobby” Crimo, 22, was named as a suspect approximately one hour before being apprehended.
UPDATE: Police now say 22-year-old Robert E. Crimo III is in custody. https://t.co/cGoO6sbhOi https://t.co/twSFheOrJe pic.twitter.com/wy78xfee7r
— WTKR News 3 (@WTKR3) July 5, 2022
An officer reportedly spotted Crimo’s vehicle and chased him to Lake Forest before apprehending him.
— Darren (@ChiTownCheese) July 4, 2022
At least six people were killed in the shooting and 30 more injured. The victims, who were attending a Fourth of July parade just after 10 a.m. local time, ranged in age from eight to 80.
Suspect taken into custody in Lake Forest after a North Chicago officer noticed the vehicle and began a brief chase. @cbschicago
— Chris Tye (@TVTye) July 4, 2022
#BREAKINGNEWS Person of interest in Highland Park shooting Robert Cremo III is now in police custody.
At least 6 people were killed and around 30 others were hurt in a parade shooting earlier today in the suburbs of Chicago.
Police say charges have not be filed at this time. pic.twitter.com/cIZrLJzMsy
— Meghan Drakas (@MeghanABC17News) July 4, 2022
Crimo, a rapper who used the name “Awake,” had a bizarre social media footprint — which included videos of the crime scene and animations that appeared to show how he envisioned his crime playing out.
Here is part of a disturbing 2021 music video featuring the #HighlandPark parade massacre person of interest, Robert “Bobby” Crimo. He used the name, “Awake, the rapper.” pic.twitter.com/P1u36DBYTt
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 4, 2022
The videos were eerily reminiscent of those created by previous mass shooter Randy Stair, also known online as “Andrew Blaze.” Blaze had also created cartoons that showcased his plans.
One of the now scrubbed videos from Highland Park suspect Robert Crimo AKA Awake The Rapper. This was long planned. pic.twitter.com/NWuQx66cFZ
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) July 4, 2022
Social media platforms quickly scrubbed all his content, which included a Discord channel, YouTube channel, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
FBI at Highwood, IL, home right now about a mile and a half from Highland Park shooting scene. Neighbor tells me Robert “Bobby” Crimo III lives here with family. pic.twitter.com/p4uBu8M8XW
— Jenna Barnes (@Jenna_Barnes) July 4, 2022
Crimo’s father appears to be Robert “Bob” Crimo, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor in Highland Park in 2019.
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