Father of Highland Park Mass Shooting Suspect Maintains He Had No Involvement with the Massacre

On Monday, an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois, ended in tragedy when it was halted as a gunman opened fire, killing more than seven people and injuring 31 others.

A manhunt followed, leading to the arrest of a 21-year-old suspect who was arrested and charged with seven first-degree killings. The Lake County prosecutor also said he could face “dozens more charges”.

Robert Crimo Jr, the suspect’s father, said he and his son had discussed another mass shooting the day before: the shooting at a shopping mall in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The shooting they discussed occurred when a 22-year-old Dane killed three people and injured many more.

“He goes, ‘Yeah, that guy is an idiot,'” recalled the father. “That’s what he said.”

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Robert Crimo III, the father of the Independence Day shooter, also said that people who commit mass shootings give others more reasons to call for a gun ban.

People blame the father for sponsoring Crimo a gun owner ID before he was 21 (when the killer was 19, officials say). However, the father claims he was not involved in the mass shooting.

It is unclear whether the suspect would have had to renew his license if he had been 21. In a lawsuit against the gunman, Crimo’s parents sought the help of attorney Steve Greenberg, infamous for playing 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 lawyer also spoke of an incident in 2019 when police were called to investigate a possible threat from a gunman, which involved the seizure of a collection of knives. 

“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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Reggie Whitehead

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