The man accused of spraying gunfire into a Chicago-area Independence Day parade from a rooftop, killing at least seven people and wounding dozens more, has confessed to the attack and to considering a second shooting later that day, authorities said Wednesday.
The suspect, Robert Crimo III, 21, dressed in black as he appeared from jail on a video link, bowed his head for much of the hearing at the Lake County courthouse, where bail was denied on seven first-degree murder charges.
Assistant State’s Attorney Ben Dillon told Judge Theodore Potkonjak that Crimo made “a voluntary statement confessing to his actions.”
Dillon told the court that the suspect confessed to the attack after he was apprehended. There was no plea entered at the hearing. Crimo spoke only briefly to confirm that he did not have a lawyer. A public defender was appointed to represent him.
“He does pose, in fact, a specific and present threat to the community,” the judge said in ordering that the suspect remain in jail.
“He went into details about what he had done. He admitted to what he had done,” Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart told reporters outside of the county courthouse. “We don’t want to speculate on motives right now.”
The suspect was arrested later on Monday when he was stopped by police at the wheel of his mother’s car, which authorities said he had driven to Wisconsin and back to Illinois following the shooting.
After fleeing Highland Park, Crimo went to Madison, Wisconsin, and came upon a Fourth of July event there, said Chris Covelli, a spokesman for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force. He briefly thought about unleashing an attack there as well, Covelli said, NBC News reported. Continue reading at Newsmax.