[guest post by Dana]
After the horrific shooting at the 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli of Lake County Sheriffs office said this morning that the shooter’s guns had been legally purchased:
The suspect bought the rifle used in the attack in Illinois, and it appeared to have been purchased legally, Chief Covelli said. He also bought a second rifle that was found in his mother’s car, which he was driving when he was taken into custody on Monday evening, the chief said.
We now know that the shooter had posted a number of disturbing videos with violent imagery under the under the pseudonym Awake the Rapper. However, it doesn’t appear that they raised any red flags. Also, authorities said this morning that the gunman planned the attack several weeks in advance. And as it so often goes, the gunman’s relatives never saw any signs that would cause concern:
The suspect’s uncle, Paul A. Crimo, was “heartbroken” to learn his nephew was believed to be responsible for Monday’s shooting, telling CNN,” There were no signs that I saw that would make him do this.”
The suspect lived in an apartment behind a house in Highwood, Illinois, owned by his father, said Paul Crimo, who also lives at the house. He last saw his nephew Sunday evening, he said, sitting on a recliner in the house and looking on his computer.
“Everything was as normal,” he said.
To his knowledge, Crimo did not have a job, Paul Crimo told CNN, though he worked at Panera Bread before the Covid-19 pandemic. Paul Crimo said he had never seen the suspect engage in violence or concerning behavior. He didn’t know of his nephew’s political views, either, describing him as a “quiet” person.
“He’s usually on his own. He’s a lonely, quiet person. He keeps everything to himself.”
Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotoring who knew the gunman years ago, expressed shock at what occurred:
Rotering knew the suspect years ago, when she was his Cub Scout pack leader, she said, telling CNN, “Many years ago, he was just a little boy, a quiet little boy that I knew.”
“It breaks my heart. I see this picture and through the tattoos, I see the little boy,” she said. “I don’t know what got him to this point.”
Covelli also said that they “have been “in discussions” with the gunman and have still not “developed a motive” for the shooting. Law enforcement believe the shooting was random and no specific groups were targeted. Also, the gunman is believed to have acted by himself, with no one else involed.
Tragically, this wasn’t the only shooting weekend:
It also occurred during a weekend that saw at least 57 people shot in the Windy City, nine fatally, NBC Chicago reported…
In New York City, 13 people were shot and three killed in six incidents across the city, NBC New York reported.
In Kansas City, Missouri, six people were shot in three separate incidents overnight Monday and two people died in the violence, according to the Kansas City Star. A shooting following a concert at the T-Mobile Center near the Power and Light District left four people wounded just after midnight. Two others were shot in separate shootings in the city, the newspaper reported.
In Richmond, Virginia, six people — four men and two women — were shot early Monday on West Broad Street, NBC affiliate WWBT of Richmond reported.
In Haltom City, Texas, three officers and one civilian were injured in a shooting Saturday night in the 5700 block of Diamond Oaks Drive North, according to the city’s police department. The three officers, who suffered non-life threatening injuries, were later said to be stable. The suspect died by a self-inflected gunshot wound, police said.
One person was killed and four others were injured in Kenosha, Wisconsin, when gunfire erupted around 10:20 p.m. in the 6300 block of 25th Avenue, according to the Kenosha Police Department.
In Indianapolis, an 8-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy playing in a bounce house were shot during a Fourth of July cookout near East 38th Street and North Arlington Avenue just before 7 p.m., NBC affiliate WTHR reported, citing police.