Does this surprise anyone?
Late Monday, Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III, the alleged shooter in the Highland Park 4th of July parade mass shooting, was taken into custody.
During an earlier press conference, when authorities named the suspect, officials noted that Robert E. Crimo III was “known to law enforcement.”
Highland Park shooting suspect was ‘known to law enforcement’https://t.co/AWEuIHKAQD
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 5, 2022
Crimo was a prolific poster online where he apparently went by the name “Awake the Rapper.” His videos foretell his alleged violent acts. In one, he appears to dramatize a school shooting. In another video, Crimo appears to animate his own demise in a confrontation with police.
His postings informed the operation to arrest him.
Highland Park’s mayor Nancy Rotering also confirmed to WGN Investigates she has a connection to the suspect. She said his father unsuccessfully ran against her for mayor in 2019.
Investigators have only just begun to piece together the motive and method of this murderous rampage.
Police said the 22-year-old suspect was “known to law enforcement.” One question that will be asked in the days to come: Were they aware of the violent videos that have been online for many months?
How was posted content like this not a major red flag of Crimo’s mental stability?
Crimo’s videos foretell his alleged violent acts.
One video appears to dramatize a school shooting.
In another video, he appears to animate his demise in a confrontation with the police.
— Catalaya Heisenberg (@catalayahere) July 4, 2022
He was sketching this stuff. And was releasing this stuff… why was no action taken?!?! pic.twitter.com/AntFDmQXhz
— Michael Robison aka “M🐵NKEY MAN” (@MichaelRobison) July 4, 2022
The Gateway Pundit noted:
In one of the suspect’s songs, the lyrics say, “My actions will be valiant, and my thought is unnecessary, I know what I have to do, I know what’s in it, not only for me but for everyone else.”
Highland Park’s mayor Nancy Rotering also confirmed to WGN Investigates that she has a connection to the suspect. She said his father unsuccessfully ran against her for mayor in 2019.
Rotering said the violence “has shaken us to our core,” adding, “On a day that we came together to celebrate community and freedom, we are instead mourning the tragic loss of life and struggling with the terror that was brought upon us.”
Highland Park is a gun-free zone.