Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, the “person of interest” arrested in the Highland Park mass shooting, used a legally obtained gun in the July 4 slaughter – but was not known to police, the local mayor said on Tuesday known.
Meanwhile, Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, who banned assault rifles in 2013, shared the update tells the “Today” show that she had known the suspect when he was a boy scout and she was the leader.
“I don’t know where the gun came from, but I do know it was obtained legally,” Rotering told NBC News’ morning show, without elaborating.
She said she didn’t think he was “known to the police” before the massacre – but noted the obvious forewarning in his disturbing rap lyrics and social media posts.
“We know that several postings really reflected a plan and a desire to commit slaughter well in advance,” said Rotering, who previously defeated Crimo’s father while running for mayor.
She revealed that she knew the suspect, a 22-year-old aspiring rapper, suggesting he was “clearly having a nervous breakdown” before the carnage.
“I know him as someone who was a Cub Scout when I was the Cub Scout leader… He was just a little boy,” she told Today.
“And it’s one of those things where you take a step back and you’re like, ‘What happened? How did someone get so angry, so hateful, and then take it out on innocent people who literally just had a family day?’” she asked.
However, she insisted the biggest problem is why “we as a nation are allowing this to happen with such regularity”.
“At some point, this nation needs to talk about these weekly events where dozens of people are being murdered with legally obtained guns.
“If that’s what our laws stand for, then I think we need to look at the laws again,” she said, saying that “our values are lopsided.”
“We as a country have to have a very powerful conversation with ourselves … We’ve been talking about this for literally decades at this point. And it’s one of those things that makes you wonder, ‘If this reflects our values, what does that say about us as a nation?’”
She said she was shocked to receive calls from mayors in other cities who have suffered similar mass shootings.
“Whether it’s Buffalo, New York, Uvalde, Texas, Highland Park, Illinois, it’s incredible to me that that’s an acceptable part of who we are as a nation,” she said.
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