Parade attack suspect charged with murder and attempted murder

CHICAGO – The defendant 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 killed the seven people and dozens wounded in the attack on a popular holiday event.

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

Attorneys for Crimo have yet to provide a formal answer to any of the charges he faces in the July 4 shooting in downtown Highland Park, Illinois. A message left at the county public defender’s office on Wednesday was not immediately answered.

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

Under Illinois law, prosecutors can request a grand jury to determine if there is probable cause to go to trial. Grand jury trials are not public, and defense attorneys cannot cross-examine witnesses.

The charges of multiple first-degree murder charge Crimo with intent to kill, causing death or serious injury and taking actions that would have a high likelihood of causing death or serious injury to the seven deceased.

Authorities have said the ages of the more than 30 wounded range from 8 to 80 years, inclusive an 8-year-old boy who was paralyzed from the waist down as the shots severed his spine.

Prosecutors said Monday that the 48 counts of attempted murder and 48 counts of aggravated assault with a firearm “represent any victim struck by a bullet, bullet fragment or shrapnel.”

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“I want to thank law enforcement and the prosecutors who presented evidence to the grand jury today,” Lake County Prosecutor Eric Rinehart said in a statement. “Our investigation continues and our victim specialists are working around the clock to support all those affected by this crime, which resulted in 117 criminal charges being filed today.”

During a court hearing present the charge of murderProsecutors said police found more than 80 spent bullet casings on the roof of a building along the parade route and the semi-automatic rifle used in the attack on the ground nearby.

Investigators believe Crimo blended with the fleeing crowd to get away from the scene and then borrowed his mother’s car briefly considered a second attack at a celebration in Madison, Wisconsin before returning to Illinois, where police arrested him.

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Crimo is scheduled to appear in court on August 3.

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