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The man accused of opening fire on a 4th of July parade in suburban Chicago earlier this month, killing seven people and wounding 48, has been indicted on 117 counts.
A Lake County grand jury indicted Robert “Bobby” Crimo II on 21 counts of first degree murder — three counts for each fatality — 48 counts of attempted murder, and 48 counts of aggravated battery, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Crimo was charged with seven counts of first degree murder shortly after the shooting, and a preliminary hearing had been scheduled for Thursday. With the indictment, however, the hearing has been cancelled, and Crimo is due in court on Wednesday for arraignment, WBBM reported.
Crimo, a wannabe rapper performing as “Awake the Rapper,” reportedly disguised himself as a woman before and after he opened fire from a rooftop shortly after Highland Park’s annual Independence Day parade got underway, as CrimeOnline previously reported. He walked to his mother’s nearby home and fled in her vehicle. But a witness spotted him and called 911, leading to a chase before he was captured.
Although family members said they were shocked and surprised at his actions, Crimo had a history of violent rap songs and violent social media posts.
Killed in the attack were Katherine Goldstein, 64; Irina McCarthy, 35; Kevin McCarthy, 37; Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63; Stephen Straus, 88; Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78; and Eduardo Uvaldo, 69.
WBBM legal analyst Irv Miller explained the three murder chargers for each victim.
“You can be charged on one, two, or three, or all of them. The first one is a murder charge that encompasses that you intended to kill the person, and obviously the person died. The second part of the murder statute is that you did an act that you knew would create death or substantial bodily harm,” he said. “The third one is you committed a murder during the course of committing a felony.”
[Featured image: Bobby Crimo/Lake County Major Crime Task Force via AP]