On Monday, an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois, was disrupted when a gunman opened fire and killed over seven people, with 31 others injured.
A manhunt ensued, leading to the arrest of a 21-year-old suspect who was taken into custody and charged with seven counts of first-degree murder. The Lake County state attorney also shared that he could face “dozens more” charges.
Robert Crimo Jr, the suspect’s father, shared that he and his son were discussing another mass shooting – the shooting at a shopping mall in Copenhagen, Denmark – the day before.
The shooting they discussed occurred that day wherein a 22-year-old Danish man killed three people and left many others wounded.
“He goes, ‘Yeah, that guy is an idiot,'” recalled the father. “That’s what he said.”
Robert Crimo III, the Independence Day shooter, also said that people who commit mass shootings give people more reasons to desire a gun bun.
People are criticizing the father for sponsoring Crimo’s firearm owner’s identification card before he turned 21 (when the shooter was 19, according to officials). However, the father maintains that he was not involved in the mass shooting. It’s unclear if the suspect would have had to renew the permit if he turned 21.
With a case against the shooter, Crimo’s parents sought the help of attorney Steve Greenberg, infamous for representing R&B singer and sexual predator R. Kelly.
“I don’t know how much worse it could get then you wake up in the morning and a few hours, you realize that someone that you’ve loved and nurtured all their lives has done such a terrorific act, and done it to people that you love and respect,” Greenberg told ABC7 on Wednesday.
“This isn’t the parent’s fault. This is the fault of the young man who was allowed by the system that’s out there to buy military-grade assault rifles.”
The attorney also addressed an incident in 2019 when police were called to investigate a potential threat from the shooter, confiscating a knife collection in the process.
“The police investigated. They didn’t perceive there was any great threat because they returned these knives to the family just a few hours later,” said Greenberg. “And there were no other incidents. So we’re three years later now.”
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