AT LEAST 30 people were injured and six killed in a mass shooting that broke out during a Fourth of July parade in an affluent Chicago suburb.
Police arrested Robert Crimo III as a person of interest in the shooting after locating a discarded gun at the scene.
Who are Robert Crimo’s parents?
Robert Crimo was arrested at around 7pm on July 4, 2022, only hours after he was named a person of interest.
His parents, Bob Crimo Sr and Denise Pesina, live in Highwood, Illinois, less than two miles from where the shooting took place.
Bob Crimo Sr
Bob Crimo Sr, 58, once ran for mayor, but now owns a deli in the town where he and his wife live.
He was reportedly not backed by a political party when he ran in 2019.
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According to the Daily Mail, in his pre-election profile, Bob wrote, “I’m running as mayor as a person for the people in our community.
“It’s my way of giving back to the community who have been so supportive of me over the years. I live local and I will stay local.”
Bob was defeated in the election by the current mayor, Democrat Nancy Rotering, who went on to secure a second term in office.
In a town of 300k people, Bob now owns Bob’s Pantry & Deli.
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Denise Pesina, 41, was reportedly arrested and charged with domestic battery in 2015.
Her arrest came after police responded to a report of a domestic dispute, Patch reported.
According to Pesina’s LinkedIn, she works as a holistic health practitioner for Trilogy Energy Systems, a “full-spectrum healing cooperative” that she founded.
The mission of her company is to change “thought patterns and cell consistency” by utilizing “universal frequencies” to “reach a broader spectrum of space and time, opening up new levels of abilities and resources,” the website says.
Her services include:
- Chronic Issues/Pain
- Mood and Mental Illness
- Cultural and Religious Programming
- Psychic Awakening and Development
- And more…
She claims to provide some services for free if her clients cannot afford them and has designated a section of her site for requesting donations.
To determine if someone is eligible for free services, Pesina has a section to fill out an application for a “scholarship” that includes their contact details and requires a short essay.
In addition to restorative services, Pesina has a page titled, HCG Diet, which redirects the person to a website to purchase Semaglutide.
What happened at Highland Park?
Shots rang out in Highland Park, Illinois on the Fourth of July as families gathered to watch the yearly parade.
What started as a celebration of freedom, quickly became a scene of terror as the sound of gunfire reached bystanders.
Six people were killed by a shooter who police say took a sniper stance on a nearby rooftop before opening fire on the crowd below.
A warrant was issued for Robert Crimo III, a 22-year-old who was declared a person of interest in the mass shooting and was arrested at about 7pm on July 4.
The police uncovered a high-powered rifle at the scene of the crime that was determined to have been bought legally.
Police reported Robert had planned the attack over several weeks and Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Chris Covelli said at a press conference that they believe Robert disguised himself as a woman to flee the scene.
He blended right in with everybody else as they were running around, almost as if he was an innocent spectator as well,” Covelli said.
On July 5, 2022, Robert was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder by the authorities, The Hill reports.
Eric Rinehart, the Lake County state’s attorney, was the person to announce the charges.
Rinehart anticipates that there will be “dozens” of additional charges against Robert Crimo III.
He also called the tragedy a “premeditated and calculated attack.”
“The loss of life and these devastating injuries and the overwhelming psychological trauma demand we seek justice and that we take broader action to protect life,” he said.
Will there be new gun restrictions?
The Fourth of July mass shooting adds to the growing list of attacks around the US, as mass shootings reached record levels halfway through 2022.
According to CNN, Illinois Sen Dick Durbin visited Highland Park after the shooting, and said, “What happened at the parade and all the poor victims and those who were killed in the process breaks my heart.”
Durbin added that while the bipartisan gun bill, titled the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act is a step in the right direction it doesn’t do enough.
The bill closes the “boyfriend loophole” and bars anyone convicted of domestic violence from purchasing a gun.
“There is no reason for a person to own a military assault weapon. It has no value for hunting, or sports or even self-defense,” Durbin said. “It is a killing machine.”