Highland Park Shooting Suspect Charged with Seven Counts of Murder

Authorities charged the suspect in a mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois with seven counts of first-degree murder.

Lake County State Attorney Eric Rinehart said in a press conference on July 5 that the murder charges against Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III could lead to a mandatory life sentence if he is convicted.

Rinehart added that he anticipates “dozens of more charges centering around each of the victims,” including attempted murder and aggravated battery.

At the press conference, Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek identified six of the seven people killed: Katherine Goldstein, 64; Irina McCarthy, 35; Kevin McCarthy, 37; Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63; Stephen Straus, 88; and Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78.

The seventh victim died at a hospital.

Approximately 45 people were injured in the shooting, Corvelli said.

Crimo has been in police custody since officers apprehended him hours after the killing spree on July 4.

Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesperson Chris Covelli told reporters that Crimo “preplanned this attack for several weeks” and dressed in women’s clothing “to conceal his facial tattoos and his identity and help him during the escape.” 

Details on what led investigators to believe that Crimo planned the shooting for weeks were not immediately made available.

An image of Crimo, obtained by NBC Chicago from a senior law enforcement official, appeared to show Crimo in a blue-and-white blouse with longer hair.

Corvelli also said that there was no immediate evidence to suggest that Crimo aimed for victims based on race or religion.

“The shooting appears to be completely random,” Corvelli said.

According to officials, Crimo legally purchased the weapon he used in the shooting, which Covelli described as being “similar to an AR-15.”

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