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How the Robert Crimo massacre unfolded

A gunman opened fire Monday morning at the July 4 parade in Highland Park outside Chicago, just the latest in a recent series of mass shootings across the United States.

Here’s how the horror unfolded:

The parade begins on July 4th at 10am

The annual patriotic march in the tony suburb of highland park begins with floats and marching bands and many families on the sidelines cheering them on.

10 minutes later

Gunshots rang out at the intersection of Central Avenue and Second Street after suspect Robert E. “Bobby” Crimo III allegedly climbed onto the roof of a building along the parade route and began shooting at innocent people who had gathered below. A video clip captured two volleys of rapid-fire gunfire as screaming parade-goers fled.

Around 11 o’clock

Reports of gunfire being fired are circulating across the country. About 20 minutes later, a reporter from the Chicago Sun Times tweets a widely shared video of children, men and women running amidst gunfire and klezmer music.

Children carrying a Highland Park Aquatics banner react after hearing gunshots during the July 4th parade.
Children carrying a Highland Park Aquatics banner react after hearing gunshots during the July 4th parade.
Gina Troiani-Solorio via REUTERS

About 1 p.m

Highland Park Police Commander Chris O’Neill told reporters that the gunman fired while seated on the roof of a commercial building with a “high-powered rifle”.

Around 4 p.m

President Biden releases a statement saying he is “shocked” by the shooting. Later he holds a minute’s silence for the victims of the mass murder.

A man with a baby carriage dashes through a parade float to hide after gunfire erupted.
A man with a baby carriage dashes through a parade float to hide after gunfire erupted.
Lynn Sweet/Chicago Sun-Times via AP

17 o’clock

Officials identify Crimo as someone interested in the assassination. They say he’s on the run, driving a silver 2010 Honda Fit, armed and dangerous.

7:40 p.m

According to local reports, police officers are taking Crimo into custody in Lake Forest, Illinois, about a mile from the scene of the shooting. Cellphone video captured the moment several police officers cornered Crimo and arrested him in the middle of a street with guns pointed at him.

In the following hours

Robert Crimo is arrested by the police.
Police officers arrested Crimo at 7:40 p.m. after the shooting.

An image of the suspected cold-blooded killer begins to take shape.

Crimo, an amateur rapper, has a history of disturbing online posts citing shootings and bloodshed.

He posted a video to his now-deleted YouTube page that included a drawing of someone who appeared to have been shot dead by police, screenshots posted online showed.

He also released a music video titled “Are You Awake” in October 2021, which featured drawings of a man pointing a gun at a person.

But Crimo’s uncle insists there was no sign his 21-year-old nephew would commit such carnage.

The scenes in Crimo's music video involve gunfights and violence.
Crimo, an aspiring rapper, had violent music videos featuring gunfights.
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5th July

The Mayor of Highland Park reveals that Crimo used a legally obtained firearm in the massacre.

Hours later, officials hold a press conference revealing that Crimo, dressed in woman’s clothing, climbed onto the roof of a building in the upscale suburb to disguise himself and fired dozens of shots with a powerful AR-15 style has gun.

After unloading the barrage of bullets, he hid the gun in a red blanket and dropped it behind the building as he fled during the chaos, according to Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli.

An aerial photo taken with a drone shows police officers investigating the crime scene
An aerial photo taken with a drone shows police officers investigating the crime scene.
FIR MAURY/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The death toll from the July 4 horror has now risen to seven.

On Tuesday night, prosecutors charged the suspected shooter with seven counts of first-degree murder, calling the carnage a “premeditated and calculated assault.” Crimo faces life imprisonment without parole if convicted.


More coverage of the Highland Park parade shoot


Other developments are:

Crimo's mugshot after his arrest.
Crimo faces multiple murder counts in the shootout.
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July 6th

The Lake County Major Crime Task Force releases Crimo’s mug shot. In it, he faces the camera with shaggy, shoulder-length dark hair and tattoos on his face and neck.

Police officials also revealed at a news conference that Crimo admitted fatally shooting parade-goers, that he was “seriously considering” carrying out another mass shooting later Monday and that he had 60 cartridges when he fled the scene.

In addition, they reveal that he used a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 semi-automatic rifle to fire more than 80 rounds at the parade-goers and that he stopped twice to reload his weapon.

A mourner sobs at the memorial for the victims.
Mourners react at the memorial to the victims of the Highland Park shooting.
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Other developments are:

With mail wires

https://nypost.com/2022/07/06/highland-park-parade-shooting-how-robert-crimos-massacre-unfolded/ How the Robert Crimo massacre unfolded

JACLYN DIAZ

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