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Highland Park shooter used Smith & Wesson rifle and planned a second shooting in Wisconsin while dressed as a girl

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Highland Park shooter used Smith & Wesson rifle and planned a second shooting in Wisconsin while dressed as a girl

Highland Park shooter Robert Crimo appeared in court on Wednesday morning to be charged with multiple counts of murder, as the death toll from the parade rose to eight and prosecutors shared more details of his deadly rampage. 

Crimo, 21, told the court that he did not have a lawyer, and to ask for a public defender as he appeared via Zoom from a room in the Lake County Jail. 

He was denied bond by Judge Theodore S. Potkonjak and will remain in custody until his next court date on July 25th. 

Tom Durkin, the attorney who had been hired to represent him, pulled out due to an unknown, last-minute conflict of interest. Now, Crimo will be represented by a public defender.

During the court appearance, it was revealed; 

  • Crimo used a legally purchased Smith & Wesson M&P 15 to carry out the attack 
  • He bought the weapon – which costs around $800 – in 2020 
  • Crimo fired 83 rounds in total, reloading his weapon twice before fleeing the roof of the building along the parade route 
  • Police tracked him down by tracing the serial number of the gun to his home; he dropped the weapon while running away from the parade 
  • Once in custody, he made a full confession and told cops he ‘looked down, aimed and fired’ into the crowd 
  • He said he dressed up ‘like a girl’ and used make-up to cover his face and neck tattoos 

It has also been revealed that Crimo drove to Madison, Wisconsin, in his mother’s car after the shooting where he happened upon another July 4th celebration. 

He contemplated a second shooting there because he had 60 rounds left, but decided against it and drove back to Illinois where he was later arrested.  

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