Los Angeles Times

Parade shooting suspect indicted on 117 counts

Grand jury decision comes over the July 4 attack that left 7 dead and dozens wounded in suburban Chicago.


CHICAGO — The man accused of opening fire on a Fourth of July parade in suburban Chicago has been indicted by a grand jury on 21 counts of first-degree murder, 48 counts of attempted murder and 48 counts of aggravated battery, in the attack that left seven people dead and dozens wounded.

Prosecutor­s previously filed seven murder charges against Robert E. Crimo III. They announced the grand jury’s decision to indict him on 117 felony charges Wednesday.

Attorneys for Crimo have not made a formal response yet to any of the charges he faces in the Fourth of July shooting in downtown Highland Park, Ill. A representa­tive for the county public defender’s office, which is representi­ng Crimo, said Wednesday that it does not comment publicly on any cases.

Prosecutor­s have said Crimo, 21, admitted to the shooting when police arrested him that day following an hours-long search.

Under Illinois law, prosecutor­s can ask a grand jury to determine whether there is probable cause to proceed to trial. Grand jury proceeding­s aren’t open to the public and defense attorneys cannot cross-examine witnesses.

The multiple first-degree murder charges allege that Crimo intended to kill, caused death or great bodily harm and took action with a strong probabilit­y of causing death or great bodily harm on the seven people who died.

Prosecutor­s said Wednesday that the 48 attempted murder counts and 48 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm represent “each victim who was struck by a bullet, bullet fragment, or shrapnel.”

“I want to thank law enforcemen­t and the prosecutor­s who presented evidence to the grand jury today,” Lake County State’s Atty. Eric Rinehart said in a statement. “Our investigat­ion continues, and our victim specialist­s are working around the clock to support all those affected by this crime that led to 117 felony counts being filed.”

Authoritie­s have said the wounded range in age from 8 to their 80s, including an 8year-old boy who was paralyzed from the waist down and has had multiple surgeries after a bullet severed his spine.

In her first public comments since the shooting, the boy’s mother said in a video and written statement released Wednesday that the violence her family and others experience­d has taught them “to see the unbelievab­ly generous, caring, good and kind spirit that makes up the vast majority of our world.”

Keely Roberts described her son, Cooper Roberts, as “athletic” and “fun-loving” but said he has a long road ahead. Cooper was shot in the back. The bullet severely damaged his aorta, liver, esophagus and spinal cord before exiting through his chest.

Cooper’s twin brother, Luke, sustained minor injuries from shrapnel, but his mom also worries about the lasting impact of him seeing his twin so violently injured. She was wounded in the leg.

During a court hearing presenting the murder charges, prosecutor­s said police found more than 80 spent shell casings on the rooftop of a building along the parade route and the semiautoma­tic rifle used in the attack on the ground nearby.

Investigat­ors believe Crimo blended in with the fleeing crowd to get away from the scene, then borrowed his mother’s car and briefly contemplat­ed a second attack on a celebratio­n in Madison, Wis., before returning to Illinois, where police arrested him.

Crimo is due to appear in court Aug. 3.

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