(ILLINOIS) — The man accused of killing 7 and injuring dozens at a 4th of July parade in Illinois is now charged with 7 counts of first degree murder. The death toll has risen to 8 with the passing of another shooting victim in the hospital. Police say the suspect confessed to the murders but did not reveal a motive.
After 21-year-old Robert Crimo’s arrest was captured on video, police revealed his troubling mental health history including a suicide attempt and a threat to kill everyone in his family.
Police at the time took all of his 16 knives away, but that was not enough of a red flag to prevent Crimo’s later gun purchases. Deputy chief Chris Covelli says unfortunately there was no probably cause to arrest Crimo and no complaints were signed by any of the victims.
Despite all the red flags, Crimo passed four background checks over the past two years to legally purchase five guns, including an AR-15-style rifle.
The suspect is due to be arraigned in court late this morning. If convicted on those first degree murder charges, he could face life in prison without parole.