The Highland Park Fourth of July parade suspect shooter, Robert Crimo, has been charged with seven counts of murder.
Authorities say that dozens more charges are being sought.
Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said that if convicted, Crimo would face a mandatory life sentence with no possibility of parole.
Crimo fired more than 70 rounds from atop a commercial building into the crowd who gathered for the Independence Day parade in Highland Park, an affluent community on the Lake Michigan shore, near Chicago.
He reportedly fled the scene dressed as a woman in an attempt to evade capture. Police officials said he is around 22 years old.
The Lake County coroner released the names of the victims: Katherine Goldstein, 64; Irina McCarthy, 35; Kevin McCarthy, 37; Stephen Straus, 88; Nicolas Toledo, 78; and Jacki Sundheim, 63.
The McCarthy’s were the parents of a two-year-old boy, Aiden, who was left orphaned and found at the scene by a strangers who took care of him. He is now in the care of his grandparents.
Nine people remain hospitalized Tuesday, ranging in age from 14 to 70, hospital officials said.
A spokesman for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force told reporters that Crimo used a rifle “similar to an AR-15” which was purchased legally within the past year. His father sponsored his application for the purchases, police said.
Illinois has some of the strictest gun laws in the country and has been cited by Second Amendment advocates as an example of how they don’t work. Highland Park itself has had a semi-automatic weapons ban in place since 2013.
At least eight other people are dead and 60 others wounded from a number of smaller-scale shootings in nearby Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend.
Known to Police
Police had responded to matters involving Crimo on two prior occasions.
One incident, in April 2019, occurred when an individual called the police when Crime attempted suicide. The matter was handled instead by mental health workers, officials said.
Another incident was reported to police by another family member who became concerned by disturbing thoughts expressed by Crimo, who they knew possessed weapons.
Sgt. Christopher Covelli of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force also told reporters the family member said Crimo had a collection of knives and said he “was going to kill everyone.”
They removed a dagger, knives, and a sword from his possession and notified the Illinois State Police about the incident, Covelli said, noting that no witnesses signed complaints against Crimo.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.