The individual accused of shooting and killing six people at an Illinois July 4 parade was not known to law enforcement, according to the mayor of Highland Park.
“We know that several postings really reflected a plan and a desire to commit carnage for a long time in advance,” said Rotering, who had run for office against Crimo's father when he ran for mayor of Highland Park several years ago.
Rotering said that she knew Crimo when he was a Cub Scout and "clearly had a mental breakdown" in recent days.
“I know him as somebody who was a Cub Scout when I was the Cub Scout leader … He was just a little boy,” she told the "Today" show. “And it’s one of those things where you step back and you say, ‘What happened? How did somebody become this angry, this hateful, to then take it out on innocent people who literally were just having a family day?'” said Rotering, who later pushed for more gun-control measures.
Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen said a police officer pulled over Crimo about 5 miles north of the shooting scene, several hours after police released the man’s photo and warned that he was likely armed and dangerous. Authorities initially said he was 22, but an FBI bulletin and Crimo’s social media said he was 21.
Police declined to immediately identify Crimo as a suspect but said identifying him as a person of interest, sharing his name and other information publicly was a serious step.
Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli said at a news conference “several of the deceased victims” died at the scene and one died at a hospital. Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said the five people killed at the parade were adults, but didn’t have information on the sixth.
Highland Park Police Commander Chris O’Neill, the incident commander on scene, said the shooter apparently used a “high-powered rifle” to fire from a spot atop a commercial building where he was “very difficult to see.” He said the rifle was recovered at the scene. Police also found a ladder attached to the building.