Americans were horrified this week when a mass shooter attacked an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
A suspect has since been apprehended, and authorities have now confirmed that he was known to police.
Seven counts of murder
According to Fox News, Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III was charged with seven counts of murder on Tuesday, with prosecutors alleging that he fired 70 rounds from a semi-automatic rifle into the crowded event.
His victims have been identified as Katherine Goldstein, 64, Irina McCarthy, 35, Kevin McCarthy, 37, Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63, Stephen Straus, 88, and Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78. The name of a seventh victim has yet to be released.
On Tuesday, the Daily Wire quoted statements provided by Lake County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Christopher Covelli at a press conference on Tuesday that detailed previous interactions between Crimo and police.
“I’m going to relay some information from two prior instances that occurred here in Highland Park. The first was in April of 2019,” Covelli began. “An individual contacted Highland Park Police Department a week after learning of [the suspect] attempting suicide.”
“This was a delayed report, so Highland Park still responded to the residence a week later, spoke with [the suspect], spoke with [the suspect’s] parents, and the matter was being handled by mental health professionals at that time, there was no law enforcement action to be taken,” he explained.
Covelli stressed that this incident was categorized as “a mental health issue” and was “handled by those professionals.”
Suspect allegedly threatened “to kill everyone”
“The second occurred in September of 2019,” he went on. “A family member reported that [the suspect] said he was going to kill everyone and [the suspect] had a collection of knives.”
“The police responded to his residence, the police removed 16 knives, a dagger, and a sword from [the suspect’s] home,” Covelli said.
“At that time, there was no probable cause to arrest, there were no complaints that were signed by any of the victims. The Highland Park Police Department, however, did immediately notify the Illinois State Police of the incident,” the statement continued.
Meanwhile, a former coach told Fox News that he remembered Primo’s “parents more than him because they were kind of a problem,” adding, “There wasn’t a lot of love in that family.”