BREAKING: Robert E Crimo III, who is suspected of killing six people at a 4 July parade near Chicago, is believed to have “pre-planned this attack for several weeks”, says Christopher Covelli from the Lake County Major Crime Task Force.https://t.co/cN7Fu3TO9x
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A press briefing given this morning by Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli has revealed more details surrounding yesterday’s attack on an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois. The suspect in Custody, 22-year-old Robert Crimo had apparently been planning his attack for weeks.
Covelli reported that after firing on the parade crowd from a rooftop, Crimo then dropped his rifle and climbed down a fire escape ladder. He then mixed in with the fleeing crowd helped by the fact that he wore women’s clothes to better blend in and conceal his identity.
According to Covelli’s briefing, Crimo purchased the “high power” AR-15 type rifle he used legally in Illinois. Another rifle that was found in the car when he was arrested was purchased legally as well.
While the investigation is ongoing, police believe Crimo acted alone. No formal charges have been filed yet.