In the panicked aftermath, authorities spent nearly eight hours hunting for the shooter, fearing he would resume his killing spree, Jogmen said as he offered fresh details of the carnage and what followed.
“Was it a pause, was it a break?” Jogmen said, referring to questions authorities faced during the frantic search. “Is this person intent on continuing until he ended his life? Is this a person that was looking for an escape?”
The motive in the shooting remains unclear four days later.
“That’s the first thing people want to know,” Jogmen said. “At this point, I don’t think I can give you a why based on what I’m hearing from my investigators. … We’d love to have that reason out there, so people could process (it), but I’m not sure that we’re there yet.”
Injured couple’s reunion ‘was just pure joy’
Cooper Roberts attended the parade with his mother, Keely, and his twin brother, Luke, who were also wounded in the shooting, family spokesperson Anthony Loizzi said Thursday during a news conference.
“It’s going to be a new normal for him moving forward,” Loizzi said. “It sounds (like) he’ll have significant issues moving forward, especially with walking.”
In a Friday update, Loizzi said the child was conscious for the first time since the attack and asking for his twin brother and dog. He was later sedated again because of the pain, the spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, a married couple who were injured during the shooting reunited at the hospital after the wife got out of surgery, said Samantha Whitehead, a friend close to the family.
Stephen Kolpack was shot in the leg and released, while his wife Zoe suffered a shattered femur, Whitehead said.
“It was just pure joy, like you could just feel the love,” Whitehead told CNN. “I think you could just feel the relief out of both of them that … they’re gonna be OK. Their kids are gonna be OK. They just really are grateful. It’s like the best-case scenario out of a horrible, horrible situation.”
The other slain victims were Katherine Goldstein, 64, of Highland Park; Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63, of Highland Park; Stephen Straus, 88, of Highland Park; and Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78, of Morelos, Mexico, and Eduardo Uvaldo, 69, of Waukegan.
The suspect had run-ins with police
In April 2019, Highland Park police got a call that Crimo had tried to take his own life using a machete, and mental health professionals handled the issue, a police report documenting the incident states.
A few months later, a relative reported in September 2019 that Crimo threatened family members that he would “kill everyone” and had a collection of bladed items in his closet, another police report shows. Police confiscated the collection, and the suspect’s father — Bobby Crimo Jr. — picked it up later that day at the police station.
Following the second report, Highland Park police submitted to the Illinois State Police a “Clear and Present Danger” report about what happened, the police report shows.
No arrests were made during the incident because there were no signed complaints against Crimo. Family members were not willing to file additional complaints, the state police said.
Since those incidents, Crimo when buying firearms between June 2020 and September 2021 passed four background checks, including checks of the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System, state police said.
He legally bought five firearms, including rifles, pistols and possibly a shotgun, according to Lake County Major Crime Task Force Deputy Chief Chris Covelli.
Crimo’s application for a firearm owner’s identification card, or FOID, was sponsored by his father because his son was under 21. It was not denied because there was “insufficient basis to establish a clear and present danger” at the time, state police said.
There is no criminal liability for sponsoring someone’s FOID, Rinehart, the county state’s attorney, told CNN on Thursday, adding the office is still going through evidence “in terms of who knew what when.”
“There’s different ways to look at potential criminal liability in this case,” Rinehart said. “There’s not a, per se, violation of law if you vouch for somebody in a FOID card, and they end up doing something terrible like this. But, having said that, we are continuing to investigate the case and continuing to explore all options.”
CNN’s calls to Crimo Jr. have not been returned. His attorney, Steve Greenberg, told CNN they would not be making any further public comments, “but the parents will continue to speak with law enforcement and to assist them.”
Uncle says attack was out of suspect’s character
The shooting, Paul Crimo told CNN on Friday, is “out of his character” for his nephew. However, he said he didn’t interact with his nephew much, and they had a “very distant relationship.”
Paul Crimo said he knew nothing about his nephew’s interactions with law enforcement in 2019 until he heard about them in news reports after this week’s shooting. He also didn’t know his nephew owned guns, he said.
“My nephew is a real lonely guy, quiet. He keeps everything to himself,” Paul Crimo told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day” Friday.
“There is nothing that I have seen that … would lead me to (think) for this to happen. There [are] no signs of nothing that I had seen,” Paul Crimo said.
CNN’s Adrienne Broaddus, Jason Kravarik and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.