Here's What We Know About Highland Park Shooting Person Of Interest Robert Crimo

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by Tyler Durden
Tuesday, Jul 05, 2022 - 10:33 AM

Update (2330ET): Robert Crimo III was taken into custody Monday evening following a shooting in Highland Park, Illinois that left at least six people dead and over two dozen injured despite having among the strictest gun-safety laws in the country.

He is currently being referred to as a "person of interest" while Highland Park Police question him.

The 22-year-old was apprehended without incident in nearby Lake Forest.

Crimo has somewhat of a large internet footprint - performing online as "Awake the Rapper," while IMDB describes Crimo as a "six foot Hip hop phenom" born on Sept. 20, 2000. "He's the middle child of three and of Italian descent," Fox News reports.

Crimo began uploading his music to the internet at age 11, but first gained traction with his 2016 track "By The Pond" featuring Atlas, according to IMDB. His estimated net worth is "$100 thousand."

Crimo is the son of Bob Crimo, president at Bob's Pantry & Deli in Highland Park. According to his Facebook account, the father ran for Highland Park mayor in 2020.

The rapper released a cryptic track called "Are You Awake" on Oct. 15, 2021. The track appears to suggest that Crimo was planning a life-defining act beyond his ability to stop. The video includes drawings of a man aiming a rifle at another person. -Fox News

He also "liked" several tweets endorsing the arrest of "every Congressmember who helped organize January 6th," suggesting he's a leftist.

On the other hand:

Crimo's Instagram, Discord, Twitter, YouTube and other social media platforms have taken down his material.

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Update (2010ET): Robert Cremo III, the suspect in Monday's deadly shooting at the Highland Park, IL 4th of July parade, has been taken into custody according to CBS Chicago.

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Update (1900ET): Police have announced Robert "Bobby" Crimo III as a person of interest in Monday's shooting in Highland Park, Illinois.

A catalog of online material from Robert Crimo, cataloged by @crabcrawler1 (click on tweet to jump into thread).


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Update (1605ET): The death toll has increased to 6, with 24 injured.

Update (1341ET): Five people were dead and 16 others wounded when a gunman opened fire on a Fourth of July parade that kicked off Monday afternoon in Highland Park, a city in the southeastern part of Lake County, Illinois, according to the Chicago Sun-Times

The Highland Park Police Department said the shooter is still on the loose. They urged people to seek shelter. 

Highland Park resident, Miles Zaremski, said: "I heard 20 to 25 shots, which were in rapid succession. So it couldn't have been just a handgun or a shotgun."

Zaremski said he saw "people in that area that got shot," including "a woman covered with blood . . . She did not survive."

Debbie Glickman, another resident, told Associated Press she was on a parade float when she turned around and saw people running away from the area. 

"People started saying, 'There's a shooter, there's a shooter, there a shooter,'" Glickman said. "So we just ran. We just ran. It's like mass chaos down there."

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A Chicago suburb canceled what was left of its 4th of July celebration after gunfire erupted during a parade in the affluent neighborhood of Highland Park, according to NBC5 Chicago.

The Chicago Sun Times reports that multiple people were shot.

A Sun-Times reporter saw blankets placed over three bloodied bodies. Other people, running, were visibly bloodied. Police told people: “Everybody disburse, please. It is not safe to be here.”

Blood pooled at Port Clinton Square in Highland Park. Lynn Sweet/ Sun-Times

"STAY OUT OF THE AREA - allow law-enforcement and first responders to do their work," posted the sheriff on social media, while Illinois state police called the situation "active."

More via the Sun Times:

Several witnesses said they heard multiple shots fired. One witness said he counted more than 20 shots.

Miles Zaremski, a Highland Park resident, told the Sun-Times: “I heard 20 to 25 shots, which were in rapid succession. So it couldn’t have been just a handgun or a shotgun.”

Zaremski said that after the shots at Central Avenue around Second Avenue in downtown Highland Park, he saw “people in that area that got shot,” including “a woman covered with blood . . . She did not survive.”


Police were patrolling the area with rifles, apparently looking for whoever fired the shots.

Adrienne Drell, a former Sun-Times reporter, said she was sitting on a curb along Central Avenue watching the parade when she saw members of the Highland Park High School marching band start to run.

“Go to Sunset,” Drell said she heard the students shout, directing people to nearby Sunset Food.

A man picked her up off the curb and urged her to get out, Drell said.

"The Illinois State Police is currently assisting Highland Park PD with an active shoot situation that occurred at the Highland Park Parade," tweeted the police. "The public is advised to avoid the area of Central Ave and 2nd St. in Highland Park."

The city of Highland Park also cautioned people to avoid the area, writing on Facebook: "Fourth Fest has been canceled. Please avoid downtown Highland Park. More information will be shared as it becomes available."