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Social media has once again established their role in mass
shootings by failing to monitor and report anti-social behavior
by mentally ill users.
Robert Crimo III is an aspiring rapper with deep Highland Park
family ties who is accused of being the mass shooter at a Fourth
of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
According to Fox News, a canine unit was searching for the
shooter, who remained at large. Robert E. Crimo III is the
suspect’s name with middle initial. He also goes by the name
Bobby Crimo. A disturbing social media trail emerged for the
Crimo, 22, is believed to be driving a 2010 silver Honda Fit,
Illinois plate DM80653, authorities said.
Read a round-up of victims here.
In a news conference, Officer Chris O’Neill said the mass
shooting was an “active shooter” incident that was random in
nature. O’Neill described the suspect as a white male, age 18-
20, with “longer black hair, a small build and wearing a white
or blue t-shirt.” A firearm was recovered from the scene,
Two dozen people were taken to the hospital and six are deceased.
“We are assisting Highland Park Police with a shooting in the
area of the Independence Day parade route. STAY OUT OF THE AREA
– allow law-enforcement and first responders to do their work,”
the Lake County Sheriff tweeted.
The Highland Park shooting reports were emerging on Monday, July
4, 2022, the Fourth of July. “Sources said the person could be
shooting from atop a high building,” ABC7 reported. That report
was not yet confirmed by authorities.
Later reports indicated that “eyewitness now telling @WGNNews
that the shooter was crouched in front of the former Uncle Dan’s
(now called Gearhead Outfitters), not on the roof,” according to
journalist Stephen Battaglio of the Los Angeles Times.
However, in the news conference, authorities confirmed the
gunman was shooting from a roof at one point. The location was
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Crimo’s Family Has Long Ties to Highland Park; His Father Ran
Crimo’s father Bob Crimo is a small business owner who ran for
Highland Park mayor. In a bio, he described himself as self
employed at Bob’s Pantry & Deli. “This will be my first time in
office as as person for the people. Though I have no prior
experience in political office, I know the dynamics of Highland
Park through my years of experience in business.”
The dad described himself as a “local small business owner. I
see how the downtown business district is becoming more
distressed as time goes on.” He said, “We need to take a hard
look at Highland Park’s many ordinances, rules, and regulations…”
The dad wrote that he was self-employed since 1990 due to his
ownership of the White Hen in Racinia and Bob’s Pantry & Deli in
An obituary for Crimo’s grandfather, Robert “Bob” Crimo Sr. 88,
of Highwood, says that the family has long ties to Highland
The first Robert Crimo was described as a great family man who
was always there for his family” and was survived by his son Bob
Jr. and five grandchildren, including Bobby Crimo III. Crimo
III’s parents Bob Jr. and Denise were listed as living in
“Bloodbath at #Highland Park July 4th parade.. I was there.. ”
tweeted Lynn Sweet, a columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times.
The shooting reports were preliminary and unfolding just before
11 a.m. Fox News reported that multiple people are “feared dead.”
The scanner audio, available through Broadcastify, captured an
officer referring to an “active shooter.” Ambulances were being
sent to the scene at “2nd and Central.”
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that one of their reporters “saw
blankets placed over three bloodied bodies. Other people,
running, were visibly bloodied.” Police have not yet given a
tally of the dead or wounded.
The mass shooting occurred in an affluent north shore Chicago
2. Disturbing YouTube Videos Emerged in Which Crimo Refers to
Himself as a ‘Sleepwalker…Walking Blindly Into the Night’
Disturbing YouTube videos emerged that appear to show Crimo. The
account was deleted after the mass shooting.
“Like a sleepwalker…I know what I have to do,” the narrator says
in one video.
“I know what’s in it. Not only for me but for everyone else…
there is no past or future, just the now. It is more abstract
than I can ever imagine. I can feel the atmosphere pulling me
in. It’s unstoppable….I need to leave now. I need to just do it.
It is my destiny. Everything has led up to this. Nothing can
stop me, even myself. Is there such a thing as free will or has
this been planned out…it’s what I was sent here to do. Like a
sleepwalker…walking blindly into the night.”
“Just do it,” read a tweet on Crimo’s Twitter page.
“Active shooter in Highland Park, IL. Avoid Central Ave. My
nephew recorded this video,” a person tweeted, sharing the video.
The video showed parade participants walking normally down the
street before they started running as a panic ensued.
CBS 2 Digital Producer Elyssa Kaufman “was near the scene when
she heard what sounded like gunfire,” according to CBS News.
Other videos also emerged from the scene.
“Everyone was was running, hiding and screaming,” she told the
3. Crimo Was a Fairly Popular Rapper With a Spotify Account
Crimo was a fairly popular rapper with a Spotify account. One
song had 2 million listens. His name was “Awake the Rapper.”
His most recent songs were added May 13, 2022. Brainwashed is
the top song, and he also has one called I Am the Storm. The
profile photo is a cartoon/anime character with a gun.
He also has songs called “dead again” and “Gameboy,” as well as
“dumb diddy dumb.”
The mayor of Highland Park, Nancy Rotering, tweeted that
Highland Park’s Independence Day festivities were cancelled.
“Highland Park Police are responding to an incident in downtown
Highland Park. Fourth Fest has been canceled. Please avoid
downtown Highland Park. More information will be shared as it
becomes available,” she tweeted.
Other communities in Illinois were cancelling their Fourth of
July parades as word of the mass shooting spread.
4. Scanner Audio Reports Say the Active Shooter Carried a ‘Large
Yellow Army Style Backpack’
Scanner audio reports say the shooter was “male with large
yellow army style backpack.” On the scanner, police described a
gunshot victim who was shot in the leg. They did not provide a
more detailed description of the shooter.
The motive is not yet clear.
Police said on the scanner that they were checking the basement
of Sunset Foods at one point.
A witness told the Sun-Times that they heard more than 20 shots.
The newspaper reported that at least five bloodied people were
The mass shooting comes as the nation continues to reel from
mass shootings in places like a grocery store in Buffalo, New
York, and an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
5. ‘Just Do It,’ Read a Tweet on Crimo’s Page
“Just do it,” read a tweet on Crimo’s Twitter page.
The profile reads, “This account has been seized by the ARDT.”
Photos and eyewitness accounts from the scene showed a massive
law enforcement response and an “abandoned parade route.”
“Responders still arriving amidst backdrop of abandoned parade
route in Highland Park Il. No information about nature of
incident which apparently took place in/near Central business
district,” tweeted Sonny Cohen.
There Were Unconfirmed Reports of as Many as Nine Gunshot Victims
“Mass Shooting (Highland Park) Emergency crews on scene of a
shooting with numerous victims near Central Ave and Second St in
downtown Highland Park. Reports of nine gunshot victims,” wrote
Lake and McHenry County scanner.