Police called suspect’s home ‘a number’ of times before July 4 shooting


Police have been called to the home of the alleged Highland Park parade shooter “several times” since 2002, Lake County Deputy Police Chief Chris Covelli told ABC News.

Lake County Police were called for a variety of reasons, mostly domestic. According to Covelli, very few incidents involved the alleged shooter, 21-year-old Robert Crimo III.

Documents released by the city on Thursday show that in one case, police conducted a wellness check on April 29, 2019, a week after Crimo “attempted to kill himself with a machete.” [sic].”

Police investigate outside the home of the detained man’s mother after a mass shooting during a 4th of July parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois on July 4, 2022.

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Crimo “has a history of attempts”, the police report states while noting that the 18-year-old made no threats against himself or others on the day of the visit.

Police returned to the home several months later, on September 5, 2019, for another wellness check after Crimo “made a threat in the household…that he was going to kill everyone,” according to the report. police.

PHOTO: Robert E. Crimo III, a suspect in the deadly mass shooting during a 4th of July parade in Chicago's affluent suburb of Highland Park, Illinois, is seen in this still image obtained from a video on social networks.

Robert E. Crimo III, a suspect in the deadly mass shooting during a 4th of July parade in Chicago’s affluent suburb of Highland Park, Illinois, is seen in this still image obtained from a social media video.

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Officers seized a 24-inch “samurai-like blade”, a 12-inch dagger and 16 hand knives belonging to Crimo’s father, according to the report.

Other records show that police intervened at the home following reports of domestic disturbances, including verbal altercations, on several occasions between 2009 and 2014.

PHOTO: The Crimo family home in an affluent north Chicago suburb where Robert E. Crimo III grew up is shown July 6, 2022 in Highwood, Illinois.

The Crimo family home in an affluent north Chicago suburb where Robert E. Crimo III grew up is shown July 6, 2022 in Highwood, Illinois.

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Crimo is accused of opening fire during an Independence Day parade, killing seven people and wounding dozens more. The suspect plotted another attack in Madison, Wisconsin, authorities said Wednesday, but did not follow through.

Crimo is charged with seven counts of first-degree murder in connection with Monday morning’s mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois. More charges are expected, Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said.

According to prosecutors, Crimo confessed to the shooting.

PHOTO: Shana Gutman and her mother Eadie Bear, longtime residents of Highland Park, Illinois, watch the scene on Central Avenue, July 5, 2022, the day after a mass shooting during the July 4 parade.

Shana Gutman and her mother Eadie Bear, longtime residents of Highland Park, Illinois, watch the scene on Central Avenue, July 5, 2022, the day after a mass shooting during the July 4 parade. They said they frequently attend the parade, but did not this year.

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State police said Wednesday there would be an investigation into the guilt of Crimo’s father, who signed a consent form for his son to request possession of a firearm in 2019, in the massacre.

His father, Bobby Crimo Jr., told ABC News he was not guilty of the July 4 attack.

ABC News’ Josh Margolin contributed to this report.

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