Robert E. Crimo III, the shooter of Chicago’s deadly parade massacre on Independence Day, has been indicted by a grand jury on 21 first-degree murder counts, 48 counts of attempted murder, and 48 counts of aggravated battery, representing the seven people killed and dozens wounded in the attack.
Prosecutors announced the grand jury’s decision to indict him on 117 felony charges on Wednesday, adding that Crimo admitted to the shooting when police arrested him following an hours-long search on July 4.
The multiple first-degree murder charges allege Crimo intended to kill, caused death or great bodily harm, and took action with a strong probability of causing death or great bodily harm to the seven people who died.
Prosecutors said Wednesday that the 48 attempted murder counts and 48 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm represent “each victim who was struck by a bullet, bullet fragment, or shrapnel.”
“I want to thank law enforcement and the prosecutors who presented evidence to the grand jury today,” Lake County State’s Attorney 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 that led to 117 felony counts being filed.”
Crimo is due to appear in court Aug. 3.