The deranged gunman who killed 7 and injured more than 30 in a massacre at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Chicago admitted to the crime in court on Wednesday.
Robert E. Crimo III, 21, 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.
What’s more is that Crimo had also contemplated an attack in Madison, Wisconsin, on Monday following the Illinois shooting. Crimo had approximately 60 rounds of ammunition in his car when he drove to Madison in the hopes of raining hellfire once again.
A judge ordered Crimo to be held without bail on seven charges of first-degree murder. A conviction would result in a sentence of life imprisonment without parole, but more charges could be filed in the future. Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said, “For each individual that was hurt, people can anticipate an attempted murder charge as well as an aggravated battery with a firearm charge. Every time he fires a bullet at an individual, he is committing aggravated discharge of a weapon, whether he hit someone or not. There will be many more charges coming in the coming weeks.”
Crimo is set to appear in court once again, on July 28th.