In September 2019, a family member reported that the suspect said he was “going to kill everyone.”
The police went to his residence and removed 16 knives, a dagger and a sword.
The 22-year-old Robert (Bobby) Crimo III is a musician under the name Awake the Rapper and has about 16,000 followers on Spotify. It was he who, dressed as a woman, shot at the partying crowd on July 4.
After the shooting, Crimo allegedly mingled with the crowd and went to his mother’s house, eventually driving away in a Honda Fit.
The supporter of Donald Trump, dressed in flax beard and face tattoos, claims to have earned about 100,000 dollars with his music.
He comes from a well-to-do family just north of Highland Park, the place where he fired at least two volleys of dozens of shots each from a rooftop at the crowd that enjoyed the parade during the celebration of American Independence Day.
His father, a deli owner, unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Highland Park in 2019. Crimo’s uncle Paul said he hadn’t noticed any signs that his cousin might commit violence.
“There was no indication at all,” Paul Crimo told CBS Chicago. “There was no indication that he could do this.”