Authorities said Tuesday that the young man who was accused of setting fire to US National Day celebrations at Highland Park near Chicago has been arrested for seven murders. He could spend his entire life in prison.
Robert Crimo (21 years old) could face "dozens of additional criminal charges centered around each of the victims," Eric Rinehart, Lake County attorney general, stated.
He said that if he is found guilty, he might be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.
Christopher Covelli, a Police official, said that the attacker had been "prepared for weeks" and used a "powerful rifle comparable to an AR-15" in his attack to fire randomly at the people who were attending the July Fourth parade from the roof of a building.
Robert Crimo may have 'dressed like a woman' in order to conceal his identity. He also said that he might have worn a long hair-wig to cover his face tattoos.
According to a Tuesday police report, Bobby fired over 70 shots, killing seven people and injuring 35 others.
On Tuesday evening, Kamala Harris, the US Vice President visited the site.
Irina McCarthy and Kevin McCarthy were among the victims. Their two-year old son Aiden was brought to safety by locals.
On Tuesday, the main street in this wealthy suburb of Chicago remained frozen for the first few minutes of shooting. There were many objects left behind in the chaos of Monday, including a stroller, tricycle, and folding chairs.
Blue hearts are mounted on small, white poles in front of a church. The names of those who were killed in the shooting are displayed in the middle. On Tuesday evening, residents of the town wrote a note to each other about their hearts that would then be sent to the families of those who are missing.
Susanna Calkins, a resident, says "We are all distraught". She claims she is engulfed in "disbelief but also resignation" as these events keep happening again and again. It's now our turn.
Dr. David Baum, a doctor who was involved in the rescue operation at the scene, described the horror of the attack on CNN. He said that victims were "exploded" or "eviscerated by the bullets."
Christopher Covelli stated that the shooter, originally from Highwood in a nearby community, was identified by surveillance video and the tracing of his legally-purchased weapon.
According to the policeman the young man attempted suicide in April 2019. He had been closely monitored by a doctor. After receiving a report that he was "going out to kill everyone", officers arrived at the family home in September 2019.
The police then confiscated 16 knives, a knife and a sword. Christopher Covelli highlighted that he was not arrested as no one had filed any complaint.
Images from the suspect's Twitter account show him with a flag supporting former Republican President Donald Trump on one side.
Nancy Rotering, Highland Park Mayor, told NBC she met the boy when he was a Boy Scout. And you wonder what happened. How is it possible for someone to become so mad and so hateful while just enjoying a day with their family? She said, "
"The incredible sadness and shock that struck the city," said the city councilor.
A series of shootings that took place in Texas on May 24th, 2017, left the country reeling. One of them killed 21 people, including 19 children.
On Tuesday, President Joe Biden directed flags to be reduced to half-mast in public buildings. Recent political success was achieved by Joe Biden when Congress passed a law to regulate the sale of arms. Nearly 400 million of these weapons are currently in circulation in the United States.
The Gun Violence Archive includes suicides in their data. More than 224,000 people have been killed by guns since the beginning of the year.