Independence Day shooter escaped in drag – police

The person who shot up a 4th of July parade disguised himself in ladies’s clothes as he escaped, police say

The 21-year-old man who opened fireplace on a 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, killing seven and injuring 30 extra, managed to flee by disguising himself in ladies’s clothes, police have revealed. 

[Suspect Robert ‘Bobby’] Crimo was wearing ladies’s clothes and investigators do consider he did this to hide his facial tattoos and his id,” Lake County Main Crime Job Pressure spokesman Christopher Covelli informed reporters on Tuesday.

Learn extra

Independence Day taking pictures suspect arrested

Crimo allegedly used a ladder to climb onto a roof alongside the parade route and squeezed off 70 rounds into the gang marching down the road earlier than discarding the gun atop the constructing with a purpose to keep away from suspicion, in response to authorities. His disguise, captured on video digital camera, could have included a wig, in response to Covelli.

The accused gunman, who had apparently spent weeks planning the assault, fled to his mom’s home and took her automotive, eluding police for a number of hours earlier than he was apprehended simply 5 miles from the scene of the crime. The automotive reportedly contained one other gun, whereas his residence within the neighboring city of Highwood held extra firearms, described as “doubtlessly pistols.” The weapons have been reportedly legally bought.

Six of Crimo’s victims died on Monday, with a seventh succumbing to their wounds on Tuesday, in response to authorities. No motive for the crime has but surfaced, although police have reportedly been “in discussions” with Crimo following his arrest. 

Described as a “rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, and director” on his IMDB web page, Crimo carried out beneath the identify Awake the Rapper. A lot of his movies, which have since been faraway from YouTube, reportedly included violent imagery and references to highschool shootings, although kin declare he confirmed no indicators of violence. 

READ MORE: White Sox cancel fireworks after July 4 taking pictures spree

Gun management proponents have held up the assault as proof that the US wants stricter gun legal guidelines, regardless of a sweeping package deal of reforms having simply been signed into regulation by President Joe Biden final month. The brand new regulation requires an examination of younger gun patrons’ juvenile psychological well being information, prevents anybody convicted of home violence from legally acquiring a firearm for 5 years, and supplies funding for so-called “purple flag” legal guidelines that permit authorities to confiscate weapons from folks deemed a menace to themselves or others. 

Within the wake of a latest spike in mass shootings, some states have gone even additional with their restrictions on gun possession. New York final month handed a regulation requiring these searching for gun permits to submit their social media accounts for vetting, together with a number of “character references.”