Highland Park shooting suspect indicted on 117 counts, including murder and attempted murder

  • The suspect in the Highland Park shooting was indicted by a grand jury for 21st-degree murder.
  • The 21-year-old is accused of killing seven people during an Independence Day parade.
  • Dozens of other people were injured in the mass shooting in Illinois.

The man accused of opening fire at an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago was indicted by a grand jury on 21 counts of first-degree murder, 48 counts of attempted murder and 48 counts of aggravated assault, representing the seven people killed. and dozens injured in the attack on a beloved holiday event.

Prosecutors had already filed seven murder charges against Robert E. Crimo III. They announced the grand jury’s decision to indict him on 117 felony counts on Wednesday.

Crimo’s lawyers have yet to formally respond to any of the charges he faces in the July 4th shooting in downtown Highland Park, Illinois. A representative of the county Public Defender’s Office, which represents Crimo, said Wednesday that he does not publicly comment on any cases.

Prosecutors said Crimo, 21, admitted to the shooting when police arrested him after an hour-long search on July 4.

Under Illinois law, prosecutors can ask a grand jury to determine whether there is probable cause to proceed with the trial. Grand jury proceedings are not open to the public and defense attorneys cannot cross-examine witnesses.

The multiple counts of first-degree murder allege that Crimo had intent to kill, caused death or great bodily harm, and acted with a strong likelihood of causing death or great bodily harm to the seven people who died.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that the 48 counts of attempted murder and 48 counts of aggravated assault with a firearm represent “every victim who has been hit by a bullet, bullet fragment or shrapnel.”

“I want to thank the police and prosecutors who presented evidence to the grand jury today,” Lake County State Attorney Eric Rinehart said in a statement. “Our investigation continues and our victim experts are working around the clock to support everyone affected by this crime that has led to 117 criminal charges being filed.”

Authorities said the age range of those injured ranged from 8 to 80 years, including an 8-year-old boy who was paralyzed from the waist down when the bullet cut into his spine.

In her first public comments since the shooting, the boy’s mother said in a video and written statement released Wednesday that the violence her family and others have endured has taught them “to see the incredibly generous, caring, good and kind spirit.” that makes up the vast majority of our world.”

Keely Roberts described her son, Cooper Roberts, as “athletic” and “fun”, but said he has a long way to go. Cooper was shot in the back. The bullet passed through his body, severely damaging his aorta, liver, esophagus and spinal cord before exiting through his chest.

Cooper has undergone multiple surgeries and is paralyzed from the waist down.

Cooper’s twin brother Luke suffered minor shrapnel injuries, but his mother worries about the impact of seeing her twin so violently wounded. She was also wounded in the leg.

Roberts said he still sees a bright future ahead for Cooper and thanked the paradegoers who helped the family after the shooting, along with healthcare workers and other first responders.

“It’s going to teach a lot of people that the lesson isn’t that one person did this horrible thing,” she said. “The lesson of this is that thousands of people have done great things, nice things, and continue to do nice things.”

During a court hearing presenting the murder charges, prosecutors said police found more than 80 shell casings on the roof of a building along the parade route and the semi-automatic rifle used in the attack on nearby terrain.

Investigators believe Crimo mingled with the fleeing crowd to flee the scene, then borrowed his mother’s car and briefly contemplated a second attack at a party in Madison, Wisconsin, before returning to Illinois, where police arrested him.

Crime is due to appear in court on August 3.

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