Robert Crimo, the person arrested in reference to the mass capturing at a Fourth of July parade in Illinois, beforehand posted a number of movies and pictures on-line that mirrored a “desire to commit carnage,” the city’s mayor mentioned Tuesday.
Interviewed on NBC’s Today present, Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering was requested concerning the movies and pictures Crimo had shared on-line in previous years.
“We know that several postings really reflected a plan and a desire to commit carnage for a long time in advance,” she mentioned. “But I’m hesitant, frankly…to talk about that. I don’t want other people to think this is something that needs to be glorified. This is something that needs to be diminished.”
Rotering’s remarks got here after movies and pictures posted on social media by Crimo, 22, have been uncovered following Monday’s capturing, during which six folks have been killed and dozens injured throughout a July Fourth parade. One of Crimo’s movies, posted on YouTube, confirmed a picture drawn on a pc that appeared to depict an individual mendacity on the bottom whereas one other particular person begged for mercy, based on The Washington Post.
“I need to leave now, I need to just do it. It is my destiny. Everything has led up to this; nothing can stop me, not even myself,” a voice will be heard saying throughout one other of Crimo’s movies, the Post reported.
The Daily Beast reported that in one other video, Crimo will be heard rapping “f*** this world” whereas photos present a person strolling into a faculty armed with weapons and armor.
Many of the movies and pictures posted by Crimo on social media have since been taken down.
On Monday night time, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois mentioned Crimo had been taken into custody as a “person of interest” within the capturing incident. The sheriff’s workplace and the FBI assisted the Highland Police Department in responding to the capturing and arresting Crimo.
Newsweeokay reached out to the Highland Police Department for remark.
Rotering advised the Today present that the gun used within the capturing was bought legally.
“I don’t know where the gun came from, but I do know that it was legally obtained,” she mentioned. “And I think at some point this nation needs to have a conversation about these weekly events involving the murder of dozens of people with legally obtained guns. If that’s what our laws stand for, then I think we need to reexamine the laws.”
Rotering additionally famous that Crimo was not beforehand identified by police.