The man charged in the deadly Highland Park shooting left behind some disturbing social media posts before the mass killing. Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, 22, the man authorities say is responsible for the deadly shooting, is being charged for killing seven and injuring dozens of people during a Fourth of July parade in Illinois.
The suspect, who performed as “Awake the Rapper,” shared alarming drawings of him getting shot and killed by cops in a music video shared on his youtube channel. In another image, a man is seen holding a rifle as someone appears dead on the ground, and another person is standing hands up as the gun is pointed toward him. His youtube channel, which was found by people concerned about the mass shooting online yesterday, has since been deleted.
The death toll had initially been reported to be at six until Tuesday afternoon, when one of 47 who had been injured during the mass shooting died at an area hospital a day after, according to an update provided by Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli on Tuesday.
Two of the seven killed have been identified as of Tuesday.
Highland Park Shooter Attended Trump Rally, Donned White Supremacist Emblem
Crimo also attended a rally for former President Donald Trump last year, a photo posted on shows. The suspect was wearing what appeared to be a “Where’s Waldo?” costume while standing in front of people hoisting Trump and “Blue Lives Matter” flags, according to a picture posted to Twitter on Monday evening, hours after Crimo had been taken into custody.
Here’s Highland Park shooter Bobby Crimo attending a Trump rally last year. pic.twitter.com/OT6lcmwYpJ
— unsubcribe_me_plz (@theeunfluencer) July 4, 2022
A second photo deleted along with his Twitter account shows Crimo wearing a Trump flag as a cape, appearing to be laughing.
On several of his social media accounts, Crimo also shared a recurring symbol for a Finnish white supremacist, Nazi-type organization called Suomen Sisu says Tariq Nasheed. The emblem appeared on his youtube, Twitter, and discord channels. They also popped up in the drawings on his music videos before the images were scrubbed off the internet.
In another instance, Crimo was wearing the alt-right mascot, Pepe the Frog, on his shirt. Another known hate symbol.
Highland Park Mass killer Robert Bobby Crimo had several videos and social media pages displaying the logo of a Finnish white supremacist, nazi-type organization called Suomen Sisu.
So this doesn’t look like the work of a “lone wolf”. pic.twitter.com/2HLIJ4OMlF
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) July 5, 2022
No motive has been offered by officials as of Tuesday, but victims ranged in age from eight to 85, which at least four or five children among those shot during Monday’s mass shooting.
Highland Mayor Nancy Rotering confirmed to that Crimo had legally obtained the firearm.
The 351st Mass Shooting Nationwide This Year To Date
There have been 351 mass shootings nationwide this year after Monday, in incidents where at least four people were shot, killing over 400 total and injuring another 1,300, according to .
had reported Crimo was taken into custody after he was named as a person of interest in the Highland Park shooting that claimed the lives of six people and at least 36 injured. The shooting occurred during a Fourth of July parade, and officials say they believe shots were fired from a nearby rooftop where a high-powered rifle was later recovered.
reports that officials say a North Chicago police unit spotted Crimo riding in a matching vehicle that they were looking for, which was a 2010 silver Honda. Following a traffic stop, Crimo led officers on a brief chase before surrendering.
Ryan Lerman, who filmed the suspect’s arrest, said,
“Right away he was surrounded by the police. They came from either side of the highway to surround him. It ended with him getting on his knees and getting arrested by cops. It was surreal, I didn’t know what I was seeing.”
— Far From Scripted Podcast (@FarScripted) July 5, 2022
The parade, which had been in celebration of the Fourth of July, was about three-quarters of being complete when the gunfire occurred. Causing people to run frantically towards safety. Five victims, all of which were adults, died at the scene, and a sixth victim died at the hospital. One of the victims has been identified as 78-year-old Nicolas Toledo.
There were about 31 people that were taken to The NorthShore University Health System. Most of them suffered from gunshot wounds, others were injured in the chaos that followed after gunshots occurred.
VP Kamala Harris, Mayor of Chicago Speak On Highland Park Shooting
Vice President Kamala Harris spoke out after the tragedy and ,
“Doug and I are praying for the dozens of people who have been hospitalized and those who were lost today in Highland Park, Illinois. This shooting is an unmistakable reminder that more should be done to address gun violence in our country.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot also released a statement and said,