YouTube, Instagram, Discord, and Twitter all promptly removed social media sites that looked to belong to Robert Crimo III, a person of interest in the Chicago suburb shooting.
Police in Highland Park, Illinois, identified and detained suspect Robert E. Crimo III, who goes by the name “Bobby,” for murdering six people and injuring scores more while attending a July 4th parade.
Officials from the Lake County Major Crime Task Force told news organisations that Robert, 22, used a “high-powered rifle” and that the attack was “random and purposeful.” He was caught by authorities while driving a 2010 silver Honda Fit.
The officers chased him for a short time before ordering him to exit the vehicle with his hands in the air and comply with the authorities who caught him.
Robert Crimo III posted violent imagery online
According to CNN, the investigation discovered that the alleged gunman uploaded internet music videos with violent material, ominous-sounding lyrics, and animated visuals of gun violence.
In one video, a stickman figure resembling Robert is seen attacking with a rifle, while in another, the same stickman figure is shown lying face down in a pool of its own blood, surrounded by cops with their weapons drawn.
Robert went under the alias Awake the Rapper. According to Marca, a figure resembling Robert enters a classroom while wearing tactical gear and brandishing an American flag in one of his videos.
After being identified as a person of interest, officials forced the closure of his accounts on Twitter and Facebook. The Verge’s requests for comment were not responded to by YouTube, Instagram, Discord, Twitter, or Apple. A TikTok account connected to Crimo, according to social media posts, may have also been deleted. In addition, TikTok declined to comment when contacted.
According to police officials, digital evidence acquired by detectives assisted in apprehending the suspect. “This individual is believed to have been responsible for what happened and the investigation will continue.” A representative for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, Christopher Covelli, was reported by CNN as stating that charges have not yet been approved and that “we are a long way from that.”
According to the suspect’s uncle, he failed to see any red flags. Paul A. Crimo expressed regret for the Highland Park shooting victims but claimed there was no indication that his nephew would be associated with such a serious crime.
I’m heartbroken. I’m so heartbroken,” Paul A. Crimo was quoted as saying by the news agency CNN.