The suspect of a shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois admitted to carrying out the deadly attack and considered a second attack.
According to authorities, Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III, 21, confessed in detail to the shooting in a voluntary statement and revealed that he contemplated attacking another parade.
Crimo “looked down his sights, aimed, then opened fire at people across the street,” Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Ben Dillon said during a virtual bail hearing.
Crimo drove for more than two hours to Madison, Wisconsin after feeling the Chicago suburb and came upon another Independence Day celebration there, authorities said.
“He seriously contemplated using the firearm he had in his vehicle to commit another shooting in Madison,” Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesperson Chris Covelli said.
Covelli did not specify which particular event Crimo considered attacking as there were a number of festivals taking place in the town on July 4.
Asked what might have stopped Crimo from attacking Madison, Covelli said, “Indications are that he hadn’t put enough thought or research into that.”
Authorities believe that Crimo planned the Highland Park attack for weeks and that he wore women’s clothing to blend into the crowd during his escape.
Prosecutors said that investigators recovered 83 spent shell cases and rifle magazines from the scene of the shooting.
Crimo legally purchased the rifle he used in the attack, authorities said.
A judge ruled on July 6 that Crimo would be held without bail and assigned a public lawyer.
Crimo is due in court again on July 28.
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