Father of Highland Park Mass Shooter Indicted by Grand Jury

A grand jury Wednesday indicted the father of a man charged with opening fire during a July 4 parade last year in Highland Park, Illinois, killing seven people and wounding several dozen more.  

Robert Crimo Jr. was indicted on seven counts of reckless conduct, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office confirmed to CBS News. Crimo Jr. will be arraigned Thursday, Rinehart’s office said. Each count carries a maximum 3-year prison term.

“Parents who help their kids get weapons of war are morally and legally responsible when those kids hurt others with those weapons,” Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart told CBS News in a statement. “We presented our evidence to a grand jury and they agreed the case should move forward.”


Crimo III was 19 when he applied for a Firearm Owners Identification card (FOID) and needed a parent’s signature.

After Crimo Jr. provided that signature in December 2019, his son was able to obtain the FOID card the next year despite previously threatening to kill himself and his family, authorities have said.


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