Robert “Bobby” Crimo III has been singled out by the Highland Illinois Police Department as a person of interest following the Highland Park parade shootings that took place today, July 4th, 2022. The 22-year-old man is the son of Bob Crimo, the president of Bob’s Pantry & Deli in the same area of Highland Park, it is suggested by a Facebook post that Crimo III’s father also ran for president back in 2020.
Lake County’s coroner claimed that five people were declared dead in the scene and a sixth person died at the hospital.
There was a quick pursuit
Robert Crimo was stopped and detained without any problem in Lake Forest IL thanks to the quick-acting police department from the Chicago outskirts following a massive manhunt that ended with the detention of Crimo who was driving a 2010 Honda Fit and tried to use vehicle evasive maneuvers to no avail.
He is an aspiring rapper
Crimo used the pseudonym “Awake the Rapper” and the topic of his messages are somewhat preocupating, since the imagery shown is of stick-figured man covered in tactical gear being shot at by law enforcement, as we can see in the following video.
Lyrics to his music have an aggressive and suggestive connotation
“Like a sleepwalker, I am unable to stop and think,” he raps. “My actions will be valiant and my thought is unnecessary. I know what I have to do, I know what’s in it, not only for me but for everyone else.”
He elaborates that there are no consequences to his actions
“There is no past or future, just the now,” he continues “It is more abstract than I can ever imagine. I can feel the atmosphere pushing me in. It’s unstoppable, like a wave pulling me under, I can’t breathe without it.”
He insisted he needed to leave
“I need to leave now, I need to just do it. It is my destiny, everything has led up to this,” the shooter adds. “Nothing can stop me, not even myself. Is there such thing as free will, or has this been planned out, like a cosmic recipe?”
At this time he is being interrogated by the Highland Park PD and investigators are at the precinct, there is still more to be known.