Murder Charges Brought Against Man Who Shot and Killed Seven, and Injured Many More

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Lake County State's Attorneys Office


July 5, 2022


For Immediate Release
Contact: Sara Avalos
(224) 374-2376


Murder Charges Brought Against Man Who Shot and Killed Seven, and Injured Many More

(Lake County, IL) Today, July 5, 2022, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office filed seven first-degree murder charges against 21-year-old, Robert E. Crimo III, for his pre-mediated and calculated attack at the Highland Park Parade yesterday. This is just the first of many charges our office will file against Crimo for the devastating killing spree he unleashed against our community.

Crimo was arrested Monday evening, in Lake Forest by the North Chicago Police Department after a brief chase and remains in custody. He is set to appear in bond court tomorrow morning, July 6, 2022.

“Our hearts go out to the seven families who lost loved ones yesterday. Dozens of people have already volunteered to support these families, and I know that Mayor Rotering, Chief Jogmen, Lake County, and our federal partners have already started the critical work of supporting these families who are most in need right now. Our office has also brought counselors to Highland Park today to assist in any way possible,” State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said.

Approximately two dozen others were injured in the gunfire and have been transported to area hospitals.
“Our most urgent prayers go out to those who were injured and remain in the hospital. We know they are receiving the best medical care possible under difficult circumstances,” Mr. Rinehart said.

The State’s Attorney’s Office is grateful to the courageous law enforcement officers who were there when gun shots were first fired and the numerous other law enforcement agencies from around Lake County and the State that responded to assist. Federal agencies including the FBI and ATF and US Attorney’s Office have been critical partners in the investigation.

State’s Attorney Rinehart stated, “Not only did police run towards the gunshots, help the wounded, and comfort families after heartbreaking news, but they also worked tirelessly throughout the day and into the night to investigate and solve the case. In just a matter of hours, they were able to identify and apprehend the suspect.”

Tragedies like these remind us why it’s important to have sensible gun laws and prevent people like Crimo from having access to firearms. If you have a family member or friend who is spiraling out control towards violence, you must tell someone.

The investigation, which is being led by the Lake County Major Task Force, Highland Park Police, and FBI, continues. Anyone with information or those who have video footage should contact the FBI tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Lake County State's Attorney's Office
18 N. County Street
Waukegan, IL 60085  
Phone: (847) 377-3000