Chris Covelli, spokesman for the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, revealed today some of what the Highland Park psychopath gunman gave them for his motive.
It’s not much, but here’s what Covelli said:
The gunman in Monday's deadly mass shooting at the July 4th parade in Highland Park who killed 7 people "had some type of affinity toward the number 4&7 and inverse was 7-4," authorities say.
His motivation "isn't clear." pic.twitter.com/vyW920PMf0
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 6, 2022
Sounds like an absolute nutcase, which is probably what he wants people to think for his defense.
Speaking of his defense, the gunman has already admitted to his crimes:
The gunman accused of killing seven people and injuring more than 40 others in the Highland Park Fourth of July parade mass shooting "admitted to what he had done," officials say.
He has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder. pic.twitter.com/hDqETGBWws
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 6, 2022
It was also revealed that as the psychopath gunman was fleeing police he drove to Madison, Wisconsin and considered committing another July 4th mass shooting while he was there. But he changed his mind…
BREAKING: Highland Park mass shooting suspect "seriously contemplated" attacking another celebration in Madison, Wisconsin, authorities say; suspect had about 60 rounds of ammunition at the time. https://t.co/8Syp030PYl pic.twitter.com/R9h2uwU9Rz
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 6, 2022
Lastly, and perhaps more importantly, it was also revealed that the gunman’s own father sponsored his gun permit application in late 2019 after he had tried to commit suicide and threatened to kill his entire family in the same year, which led to authorities confiscating his knives and swords.
Because his father sponsored him, authorities felt they couldn’t deny the gun permit application:
WAPO – The Illinois State Police confirmed on Tuesday that the father of the Highland Park parade shooting suspect sponsored his son’s application for a gun permit months after relatives reported that Robert E. Crimo III had threatened to “kill everyone,” and that authorities had “insufficient basis” to deny the application.
The revelation that Crimo, 21, had at least two previous encounters with law enforcement has raised new questions about how he was able to legally purchase his guns and whether more could have been done to prevent the massacre that killed seven people and injured more than 30.
In September 2019, a family member told Highland Park police that Crimo had threatened to “kill everyone,” said Christopher Covelli, a spokesman for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force. Officers visited Crimo’s home and confiscated 16 knives, a dagger and a sword, but made no arrest, Covelli said on Tuesday, because they lacked probable cause. However, they notified Illinois State Police, he said.
Months later, in December, Crimo applied for a firearm owner’s identification card, the document required to possess a gun in Illinois. Because Crimo was under 21 at the time, state law required him to have the consent of a parent or guardian before he could own a firearm or ammunition. According to state police, which issues the cards, Crimo’s father sponsored the permit application.
State police had received a “clear and present danger report” on Crimo after the September incident, but because at the time he did not have a pending application or an active permit, known as a FOID card, the agency ruled there was no action it could take. When reviewing Crimo’s application less than six months later, state police officials once again decided there was nothing they could do — this time, the agency said, because Crimo had a sponsor.
“The subject was under 21 and the application was sponsored by the subject’s father,” Illinois State Police said in a statement. “Therefore, at the time of FOID application review in January of 2020, there was insufficient basis to establish a clear and present danger and deny the FOID application.”
In a subsequent statement, state police said Crimo had passed four federal background checks when purchasing his firearms and said the report from Highland Park police indicated he had told officers that he did not feel like hurting himself or others when they interviewed him in September 2019. At the time, Crimo’s father claimed the seized knives were his, and Highland Park police returned them that afternoon, state police said.
Officials on Tuesday did not say whether police confiscation of knives and other weapons should have been basis enough to deny Crimo’s application.
“Highland Park police notified the Illinois State Police,” Covelli said. “Where it goes from there, I don’t want to speak to it.”
Unbelievable. Why would his father even consider sponsoring his gun permit application after threatening to kill everyone in the family? And then to top it off, but because of Illinois law, the police felt they couldn’t deny the permit even though they had actually used a red flag law on him to confiscate his weapons, before returning the to his father.
This whole situation is completely messed up from top to bottom. But hey, let’s take everyone’s AR-15s because that would solve everything.