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Lake County Sheriff, City Officials Release Statements After Highland Park Mass Shooting

A memorial is erected near St Johns Avenue and Central Avenue to remember the seven victims who died after a mass shooting in downtown Highland Park on Monday morning. | Photo: Woo-Sung Shim/Scanner of Lake and McHenry County

Officials released statements acknowledging first responders and offering words of unity and support following the Highland Park mass shooting.

Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg said in a statement Saturday morning that he was attending the July 4 parade in Highland Park.

He acknowledged the heroic actions of first responders and the community when gunfire broke out near Second Street and Central Avenue on Monday morning.

“[…] when the shootout started, I saw police officers, firefighters, paramedics running towards the gunfire, and we were incredibly lucky that day to have such professional heroes on our side. I saw ordinary members of the community spring into action and help the injured. We have an incredible medical community of people who bravely rushed to the injured and rushed to medical facilities for further assistance,” Idleburg said.

“Without the help of our medical professionals, the outcome could have been much worse. Words can’t even begin to describe all the heroic actions that took place on July 4th and the days that have come and continue to come after.

Multiple police and fire departments are responding Monday in the Second Street and Central Avenue area of ​​Highland Park following a shooting that left more than three dozen injured and seven dead. | Photo: Willie Gillespie (@wgweather)

Police said 21-year-old Robert E. Crimo III of Highwood was responsible for the shooting.

Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli said Crimo planned the attack for several weeks and allegedly brought a high-powered rifle to the parade.

Crimo allegedly used an escape ladder to gain access to the roof of a building on the parade route where he opened fire on parade spectators, killing seven people and injuring more than 45 people. Over 80 rounds were fired from the rifle.

Crimo, who was dressed as a woman, climbed out of the roof, dropped the gun and escaped with the fleeing crowd before borrowing her mother’s silver 2010 Honda Fit, according to Covelli.

Idleburg called Crimo a “calculated coward” and hopes he “never sees the outside of a prison cell for the rest of his life”.

Robert E. Crimo III, 21, of Highwood | Photos provided

“As a society, so many people have become desensitized to the mass shootings as we read about it almost every day. Then on Independence Day, when our families, our children, our friends gathered along the parade routes to celebrate this nation’s independence, a calculated coward unleashed unprecedented terror on our community with a weapon of war,” Idleburg said.

“I really hope this is the last mass shooting we experience before assault rifles are banned. Assault rifles are nothing more than killing machines, and they have no their place in a civilized society. It is time to act. Although the intention of my message is not meant to be political, I believe that the most important step that can be taken to minimize and prevent further carnage is to enact a total ban on assault rifles.

“To the town of Highland Park and all those affected by this senseless terror – we will be with you as you heal. We are with you forever. You are Highland Park Strong,” Idleburg added.

Municipal authorities also issued a statement on Saturday afternoon.

They thanked their government partners who provided support during and after the shooting.

“As a city, we felt a deep sense of gratitude for everyone who came together to support us, from artists creating inspiring chalk art to musicians writing songs, neighbors hosting meal trains and from advocates planning vigils to businesses in Highland Park and beyond donating food and strangers lending a shoulder to cry on,” the statement read.

Multiple police departments and SWAT teams responded Monday morning in the Second Street and Central Avenue area of ​​Highland Park following a shooting that left several people injured. | Photo: North Rim Updates

Idleburg and city officials have reminded the community that support is available for survivors.

“Together we will walk the difficult road to recovery, honor the memory of those who have been killed and extend grace and empathy to each other as we navigate this uncharted territory. Together we are Highland Park Strong,” the officials said. from the city.

Crimo was arrested Monday night after a person spotted the wanted Honda Fit as it was traveling south on Route 41 in North Chicago.

A short chase ensued and it ended on Route 41 and Westleigh Road in Lake Forest.

Robert E. Crimo III, 21 (pictured) was arrested by officers on Route 41 and Westleigh Road in Lake Forest following a police pursuit involving a silver Honda Fit sedan on Monday evening. | Background photo: Willie Gillespie (@wgweather)

Crimo was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder Tuesday night, Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said.

Many additional charges will be filed against him, Rinehart said.

Covelli said there was no indication anyone else was involved in Monday’s shooting.

Crimo confessed to the attack and told investigators he considered carrying out a second attack in Wisconsin.

He remains being held at the Lake County Jail after Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered him held without bail on Wednesday morning.