Parents Of July Fourth Shooting Suspect Say It’s A Tragedy For Many Families Including Their Own


The man’s parents have spoken out about the shooting in a statement following his arrest in connection with the Independence Day massacre.

After seven people were killed and more than 40 others were injured during a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, Robert E. Crimo III was detained by police.

The 21-year-old rapper is alleged to have brought an AR-15-style gun with him onto a store roof and fired over 70 rounds at throngs of people below, including men, women, and kids.

Social media videos posted at the scene depict individuals fleeing for their life as they attempt to get out of the gunman’s line of fire.

In a statement just now, Crimo’s parents, Bob and Denise, called the startling incident a “tragedy” for all the families affected, including their own.

The brief statement reads: “We are all mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and this is a terrible tragedy for many families, the victims, the paradegoers, the community, and our own.

“Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to everybody.”

According to police, Crimo had actually dressed as a woman in order to evade detection.

Crimo was discovered wearing women’s attire, according to Christopher Covelli, a spokesperson for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force.

After a police officer noticed his 2010 silver Honda Fit, he was taken into custody on Monday night, July 4.

After a brief pursuit, the police were able to catch him, and they found a second gun in his car.

Covelli said there was no indication his mother knew anything or that anyone else was involved in planning or carrying out the mass shooting.

Authorities have now claimed that Crimo’s father sponsored his son’s application for a gun permit in 2019, despite the fact that he was two years younger than the required age for a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card and had previously made threats to kill his family and commit suicide.

Illinois State Police learned of a “clear and present threat” involving the Crimo family in September of that year.

Crimo, who was 19 at the time, was not detained; instead, his request for a firearms licence was approved in January 2020.

According to officials, Crimo’s application was approved because there was ‘insufficient basis’ to reject it.