Accused parade shooter’s dad says he doesn’t regret sponsoring FOID card, says system needs overhaul

Accused parade shooter’s dad says he doesn’t regret sponsoring FOID card, says system needs overhaul

HIGHLAND PARK, In poor health. (TOC) — Robert Crimo, Jr., the daddy of suspected Highland Park parade shooter Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, stated he doesn’t remorse sponsoring his son for a FOID card that allowed him to legally buy weapons — even after incidents that raised pink flags with police.

This, as a legal investigation is deliberate wanting into any culpability he might have on this tragedy.

Crimo Jr. described the complete scenario as a nightmare, saying the household is simply as shocked as a result of he believes his son was raised with good morals.

“You already know, I am simply in upheaval. Of every little thing. Feelings. I imply, it is simply. It is numbing and I do not understand how else to clarify it. Like I am in a foul dream proper now,” he stated.

Crimo Jr. stated he by no means anticipated this of his son, who now sits in custody accused of massacring parade goers on the forth of July in Highland Park… killing 7.

“As a father, I just about misplaced a son,” Crimo Jr. stated.

He spoke publicly for the primary time in an unique cellphone interview with ABC Information.

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Crimo Jr., a 2018 candidate for mayor of Highland Park, stated he had talked to his son the night time earlier than the taking pictures.

“13 hours earlier, I spent nearly an hour with them sitting within the yard speaking concerning the planet, the ambiance and nothing. Nice temper. I am simply shocked,” Crimo Jr. stated. “I believe, three days earlier than the fourth, my spouse had requested him, ‘hey, do you might have any plans for the fourth?’ And he merely stated, ‘no.'”

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Crimo Jr. stated he would not know the motive behind his son’s actions.

“That is what I would prefer to ask him after I see him. I imply there, this type of definitive act is a mindless act of violence. There is not any want for it,” Crimo Jr. stated.

When requested whether or not he feels guilt about sponsoring his son for a FOID card after a number of incidents that raised pink flags with police, he stated, “Responsible. No, he did all of it on his personal.”

He stated he would not remorse serving to his son get a FOID card as a result of he was following the legislation.

“You already know, he went by way of the authorized course of. I do not know if it is guilt. I really feel horrible as to what occurred. Past horrible,” Crimo Jr. added.

Nevertheless, he did not get a FOID card on his personal. To undergo the authorized course of for gun possession at 19, Crimo III wanted a sponsor, vouching that he wasn’t a menace.

“I stuffed out the consent kind to permit my son to undergo the method that the Illinois State Police have in place for a person to acquire a FOID card. Like that is all it was, a consent kind to permit my son to undergo the method. They do background checks,” Cirmo Jr. stated.

Illinois State Police are actually investigating Crimo Jr. and his culpability for signing the consent kind for his son.

“It’s going to be as much as the courts and this course of to determine what was acceptable and what was not on this circumstance,” ISP Director Brendan Kelly stated Wednesday.

The daddy downplayed threats his son made in 2019 to kill others, likening it to a toddler’s outburst.

He stated that did not change his thoughts about his son proudly owning a gun, leaving it as much as the vetting course of.

“Like, that is all it was … a consent kind to permit my son to undergo the method. They do background checks. No matter that entails, I am not precisely positive. And both you are authorised or denied. And he was authorised and prior, proper earlier than 2021,” Crimo Jr. stated.

Crimo Jr. stated his son bought the weapons on his personal and registered them in his personal title.

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Within the meantime, the daddy stated he hasn’t stopped serious about the victims because the taking pictures.

“My coronary heart goes out to them. I simply I can solely think about shedding a member of the family at a parade or a toddler that does not have their dad and mom? It is horrific,” Crimo Jr. stated.

Crimo Jr. additionally strongly denied rumors of his son affected by abuse at residence.

He additionally wasn’t involved by the social media posts his son made up to now, saying he hadn’t seen all of them and figured they needed to do together with his music.

“I really like my son, however it’s it is devastating to everybody concerned. Anybody who was, who handed away, injured, psychologically broken, listening to the gunfire — there have been little youngsters. It is a horrific act. I’d by no means wish to see that occur once more. That is why we have to do one thing about it. I believe the entire system needs to be overhauled,” Crimo Jr. stated.

As this neighborhood is working to heal, ABC7 has realized that police have been known as to the Crimo residence various occasions since 2002 for home incidents. Few concerned the suspected shooter.

ABC Information contributed to this report.

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