This frail white man, with long black hair, has several tattoos on his face, such as “47” on the right temple and “Wake,” which is the rapper’s name, above the left eyebrow arch.
Christopher Coveley, a police official, said at a news conference that Robert Cremo, 21, used a “powerful AR-15-like rifle” to shoot indiscriminately on July 4 participants in the July 4 parade from the rooftop of a store. “We believe he has been planning this attack for weeks,” he said. He said he was dressed as a woman to conceal his identity and may have been wearing a long hair wig to hide his face tattoo, adding that he then dropped his gun and mingled with the crowd fleeing the parade.
The young man fired more than 70 times into the crowd, killing six adults and wounding at least 30 people. On Tuesday morning, the main street of this affluent suburb of Chicago remained frozen in the first moments of the shooting. Dr. David Baum testified to the atrocity of the attack.
“The horrific sight of some dead bodies is unbearable for an ordinary person,” he told CNN, referring to the victims “exploding” or “devoured” by bullets.
“It’s my destiny”
Coveli said the shooter from the nearby small town of Haywood was identified through surveillance footage and tracking of the gun he legally purchased. He did not explain his behavior, but a video posted eight months ago shows a young man in a bedroom and classroom with posters of a gunman and people under fire.
It contains a voiceover: “I just need to do this,” then “My destiny. Everything led me to this. Nothing could stop me, not even myself.” Archived photos on the suspect’s Twitter account appear privately with a support flag for Donald Trump on the back.
Paul Cremo, the suspect’s uncle, said on Tuesday he saw “no signs of what he did.” National Day celebrations were canceled in several cities without preventing violence. In Philadelphia, two police officers were injured after being targeted during fireworks on July 4.
President Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered flags on public buildings to be lowered to half mast. It has recently had a relative political success with Congress passing a law aimed at better regulating the sale of guns, nearly 400 million of which are in circulation in the United States.