The father of the suspected Highland Park shooter is just as shocked as everyone else regarding the attack, saying he raised his son to have good morals.
Robert Crimo Jr., a 2018 candidate for mayor of Highland Park, has “pretty much lost” his son, suspected shooter Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, from the shooting, describing the tragedy as a nightmare, he told ABC News.
“Thirteen hours earlier, I spent almost an hour with them sitting in the yard talking about the planet, the atmosphere, and nothing,” Crimo said. “Great mood. I’m just shocked. I think, three days before the fourth, my wife had asked him, ‘Hey, do you have any plans for the fourth?’ And he simply said, ‘No.'”
Crimo clarified that he does not know what his son’s motives were in the attack but that he would “like to ask him when I see him.”
The suspected shooter had obtained a Firearm Owners Identification, or FOID, card, which is necessary to purchase firearms in Illinois under the age of 21, with sponsorship from his father, according to a news release from Illinois State Police. Crimo said he does not regret helping his son get an FOID card, saying Crimo III was following the law and had purchased the guns on his own and registered them in his own name.
Crimo III had previous run-ins with law enforcement in April 2019, when a person contacted police after learning of a suicide attempt by Crimo III, and again in September 2019, when a family member reported that Crimo III “said he was going to kill everyone” and had a collection of knives, according to police. Crimo Jr. downplayed the September 2019 threats, comparing them to a child’s outburst.
After the shooting, Crimo III had considered carrying out another attack at a celebration in Madison, Wisconsin, police said. Crimo III arrived at the event in Wisconsin, but indications are that he had not put in enough thought and research to conduct the attack, Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said.