A judge ordered Wednesday that Highland Park, Illinois, shooter Robert E. Crimo III be held in jail without bond after being charged with seven counts of first-degree murder.
The state filed a written petition for no bail and said they would seek a conviction with a sentence of life in prison. Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said a conviction would result in a sentence of life imprisonment without parole, but more charges could be filed in the future.
The shooter admitted he carried out the attack, prosecutors said in court Wednesday. Crimo told authorities in a voluntary statement that he “looked down his sights, aimed and opened fire” on paradegoers, emptying two 30-round magazines before loading his weapon with a third and firing again, Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Ben Dillon alleged during a virtual bail hearing.
Crimo, who appeared at the virtual hearing wearing black, was appointed a public defender and is due in court again July 28.
Here are other key developments from the investigation:
Parade shooter “seriously contemplated” carrying out second attack in another city, police say: Law enforcement said that the gunman considered carrying out another attack in Madison, Wisconsin, with an additional weapon he had in his car. “Investigators did develop some information that it appears when he drove to Madison, he was driving around, however, he did see a celebration that was occurring in Madison, and he seriously contemplated using the firearm he had in his vehicle to commit another shooting in Madison,” said Christopher Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The shooter had approximately 60 rounds of ammunition in his car, Covelli said.
Shooter’s cell phone was recovered: According to Covelli, the shooter’s cell phone — which was dumped in Middleton, Wisconsin — was recovered by the FBI on Tuesday and is being processed now. Covelli said he didn’t want to speculate on the shooter’s motives, saying, “his motivation isn’t necessarily clear.” “I don’t want to go specifically into what he told investigators, however, he had some type of affinity towards the number four and seven and inverse was seven, four,” the deputy chief said. According to Covelli, the shooter’s affinity “comes from music that he’s interested in.”
FBI told Madison, Wisconsin, police chief that gunman could be in the area after parade shooting: Madison, Wisconsin, Police Chief Shon Barnes said the FBI alerted them that the shooter could be in the area on Monday afternoon. “On Monday, July 4 at approximately 5 p.m. the FBI contacted the Madison Police Department and requested mobilization of our SWAT team. They believed the suspect could be in the Madison area,” he said in a news conference Wednesday. Barnes said that even after Crimo was taken into custody, the FBI was still looking for information in Wisconsin.
State prosecutor says “many more charges” to come against Highland Park shooter: Rinehart, who is handling the state’s case against the Highland Park shooter, said Wednesday that he anticipates that Crimo will face “many more charges.” Rinehart said, “Yesterday, I referred to the fact that there were additional charges, many more charges against this defendant because so many people were hurt. For each individual that was hurt, people can anticipate an attempted murder charge as well as an aggravated battery with a firearm charge.” Rinehart noted that all of those charges are felonies that carry “serious prison time associated with them.” Rinehart said that he anticipated that those additional charges will be filed later this month.
FBI director says federal charges are possible: FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday that federal charges could be brought in the parade shooting. “If the facts gathered end up supporting a federal prosecution, then we will work with the US attorney’s office to pursue prosecution on the federal side as well,” Wray said while speaking at an event in London on Chinese espionage and hacking. Wray, who noted that state charges have been brought against the suspect, said the bureau has been assisting local and state authorities investigating the mass shooting. The bureau is providing help with crime scene and evidence collection, and victims assistance experts to help those affected by the attack.
Seventh victim of Highland Park mass shooting identified: The seventh victim of the mass shooting was identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner as 69-year-old Eduardo Uvaldo of Waukegan, Illinois. Uvaldo “was pronounced dead today at 7:47 a.m. at Evanston Hospital. An autopsy will be performed in the coming days,” said a press release from the medical examiner. Six of the dead had been identified by the Lake County Coroner, and one by Cook County Medical Examiner.
Read more about the shooting victims here and the investigation here.
CNN’s Travis Caldwell, Jason Hanna and Dakin Andone, Rebekah Riess, Evan Perez and Melissa Alonso contributed to this report.
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