On July 4, a gunman planned an attack for weeks and wore women’s clothing

Highland Park, USA, July 5 (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – July 6, 2022): The suspected shooter who opened fire during a July 4 parade in a wealthy Chicago suburb, killing seven and injuring dozens, planned the attack for weeks and wore women’s clothing to facilitate his escape, police said Tuesday.

Robert Crimo, 21, of Highwood, Illinois, was arrested on Monday on suspicion of opening fire from a rooftop at an Independence Day festive crowd.

Police spokesman Christopher Covelli said prosecutors are expected to press charges soon against Crimo, who has a history of mental health issues and threatening behavior.

Covelli said the death toll rose to seven on Tuesday after one of the injured victims died in hospital. More than 35 people were injured.

Among the dead were Kevin McCarthy and his wife, Irina, the parents of a two-year-old boy who was found wandering alone after the shooting, according to CBS news.

Covelli said no motive was established for the attack, which sent panicked onlookers fleeing for their lives.

“We believe Crimo planned this attack for several weeks,” and acted alone, he said.

“We have no information to suggest at this stage that this was racially motivated, religiously motivated or any other protected status,” he added.

Covelli said police were called to Crimo’s home twice in 2019, once to investigate a suicide attempt, and the second time because a relative said he threatened to “kill everyone ” in the family.

Police removed 16 knives, a dagger and a sword from the house but made no arrests, he said.

Covelli said Crimo used an emergency exit to gain access to the roof of a building overlooking the parade route and fired more than 70 rounds with a rifle “similar to an AR-15”, one of several pistols that he had purchased legally.

“Crimo wore women’s clothing and investigators believe he did this to conceal his facial tattoos and identity and to aid him in the escape with the other people fleeing the chaos,” he said. declared.