The uncle of Robert ‘Bobby’ Crimo III – the person of interest in the 4th of July parade mass shooting in Highland Park – said there was no sign his 22-year-old nephew would commit such a crime carnage.
“There was no sign that I saw that would do that,” Paul Crimo told CNN in an interview Monday night after his nephew was arrested in connection with the shooting.
Robert Crimo was described as a recluse by his uncle and others who knew him, including neighbors and former classmates.
Police said at a news conference announcing the arrest that Robert Crimo was responsible for the hail of bullets that rang out during the annual Fourth of July parade.
But Paul Crimo said he has never seen his nephew act violently or exhibit concerning behavior, according to CNN.
“I have nothing bad to say about him,” he told the outlet.
But he noted: “He’s a quiet kid. He is usually alone. He is a solitary and calm person. He keeps everything to himself.
He said he spent a lot of time on YouTube and didn’t think he had a job.
“I associate with him, but I don’t really like to engage with him. I say hello and then when I leave I say goodbye. That’s it,” he told CNN.
The uncle, who has known Robert since birth and is the brother of his father Robert Crimo Jr., was questioned by authorities on Monday and told CNN his brother allowed police to search his home.
“We are good people here, and to have this is devastating,” said Paul Crimo. “I am so heartbroken for all the families who have lost their lives.”
A former classmate of Robert Crimo, Mark Heymann, 22, told NBC he couldn’t describe much of the alleged shooter except that he was a rapper who released music as they were in school together at Highland Park High.
“He always seemed a little off, but I can’t describe it much further than that,” Heymann said.
Crimo went by the nickname “Awake the Rapper” and released numerous songs on Spotify. He also had a disturbing social media history, according to multiple reports.
A neighbor who spoke to The Daily Beast said Crimo would play loud heavy metal while riding an electric bike, she said.
“We don’t really know him, but we see him rolling around the neighborhood,” she told the outlet. “We never had any interaction with him other than seeing him drive.”
The uncle and neighbor said Crimo’s family has deep roots in the community. Robert Crimo Jr. unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Highland Park in 2019.
In the nearby town of Highwood, where authorities believed Crimo may have been living, another neighbor said he didn’t know Crimo but saw him riding an electric scooter almost every day, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“He was quiet,” Gio Montenegro, whose brother went to school with Crimo, told the newspaper. “Never said anything. I just mind his business, put his loud music on his scooter.
New York Post