A shooting in Highland Park, Illinois has left at least six people dead and more than two dozen wounded. Here is everything we know about Robert Crimo, identified as the Highland Park shooting person of interest.
Who is Robert Crimo
Full Name: Robert Eugene Crimo III
Alias: Awake the Rapper
Origin: Highwood, Illinois
Occupation: Rapper (formerly), Prisoner (currently),
Hobby: Rapping, Songwriting, Playing Videogames.
Goals: Commit a mass shooting (succeeded)
Become a successful rapper (succeeded), Evade Authorities.
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Despite Illinois having some of the tightest gun safety rules in the nation, Robert Crimo III was arrested Monday evening after a shooting in Highland Park, Illinois that left at least six people dead and more than two dozen wounded.
He is being referred to as a “person of interest” while being questioned by Highland Park Police.
Without incident, the 22-year-old was taken into custody in neighboring Lake Forest.
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Crimo has a considerable internet presence, performing as “Awake the Rapper,” online, while IMDB characterizes him as a “six foot Hip hop phenom” born on September 20, 2000. “He’s the middle child of three and of Italian descent,” according to Fox News.
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He also “liked” numerous tweets supporting the arrest of “every Congressmember who helped organize January 6th,” implying a leftist leaning.
Contrary to this:
Crimo’s content has been removed from his accounts on Instagram, Discord, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media sites.
Update: According to CBS Chicago, Robert Cremo III has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting that occurred at the Highland Park, Illinois, Fourth of July parade on Monday.
Update 2: Robert “Bobby” Crimo III has been named by police as a person of interest in the shooting that occurred in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday.
@crabcrawler1 has compiled a list of Robert Crimo’s online publications (click on tweet to jump into thread).
Update 3: There are now 6 fatalities and 24 injuries.
Update 4: According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a shooter began firing on a Fourth of July parade that began Monday afternoon in Highland Park, a city in the southeast of Lake County, Illinois, leaving 16 people injured and five dead.
The gunman is still at large, according to the Highland Park Police Department. They urged individuals to find shelter.
Miles Zaremski, a local of Highland Park, said: “I heard 20 to 25 shots, which were in rapid succession. So it couldn’t have been just a handgun or a shotgun.”
Zaremski said he saw “people in that area that got shot,” including “a woman covered with blood . . . She did not survive.”
Another local, Debbie Glickman, told the Associated Press that she was on a parade float when she turned around and noticed people fleeing the scene.
“People started saying, ‘There’s a shooter, there’s a shooter, there a shooter,'” Glickman said. “So we just ran. We just ran. It’s like mass chaos down there.”
According to NBC5 Chicago, gunshots broke out during a parade in the affluent neighborhood of Highland Park, prompting a Chicago suburb to cancel what little of its 4th of July celebration remained.
According to The Chicago Sun Times, several individuals were shot.
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The sheriff tweeted on social media, “STAY OUT OF THE AREA – allow law-enforcement and first responders to do their work,” while Illinois state police described the situation as “active.”
The Sun Times has further information:
Numerous witnesses claimed to have heard several bullets fired. One eyewitness claimed to have counted over 20 gunfire.
“The Illinois State Police is currently assisting Highland Park PD with an active shoot situation that occurred at the Highland Park Parade,” tweeted the police. “The public is advised to avoid the area of Central Ave and 2nd St. in Highland Park.”
Additionally, the mayor of Highland Park issued a warning to stay away from the area on Facebook, writing: “Fourth Fest has been canceled. Please avoid downtown Highland Park. More information will be shared as it becomes available.”