Highland Park shooting suspect charged with 117 counts: NPR

FILE- A visitor prays at a memorial to the seven people killed and injured in the July 4th mass shooting at the Highland Park War Memorial in Highland Park, Illinois.

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FILE- A visitor prays at a memorial to the seven people killed and injured in the July 4th mass shooting at the Highland Park War Memorial in Highland Park, Illinois.

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Chicago – the accused man Fire opened at Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago He was indicted by a grand jury with 21 counts of first-degree murder, 48 counts of attempted murder and 48 counts of aggravated battery, representing Seven people were killed Dozens of wounded in the attack on the occasion of Eid Al-Habib.

Prosecutors have previously brought seven counts of murder against Robert E. Cremo III. On Wednesday, they announced the grand jury’s decision to indict him on 117 criminal charges.

Crimo’s attorneys have yet to issue a formal response to any of the charges he faces in the July 4 shooting in downtown Highland Park, Illinois.

Prosecutors said Cremo, 21, confessed to shooting when police arrested him after an hours-long search on July 4.

Under Illinois law, prosecutors can ask a grand jury to determine whether there is probable cause to proceed with a trial. Grand jury proceedings are not open to the public and defense attorneys cannot cross-examine witnesses.

The numerous first-degree murder charges allege that Cremo intended to kill or cause death or severe bodily harm and took actions with a high probability of causing death or significant bodily harm to the seven people who died.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that the 48 counts of attempted murder and 48 counts of severe battery with a firearm represent “each victim injured by a bullet, bullet or shrapnel.”

“I want to thank the law enforcement and prosecutors who presented evidence to the grand jury today,” Lake County attorney Eric Reinhart said in a statement. “Our investigation is ongoing, and victim specialists are working around the clock to support all those affected by this crime that has led to the filing of 117 criminal charges.”

The authorities said the wounded ranged from 8 to 80 years old, including An 8-year-old boy is paralyzed From the waist down when the shooting cut his spine.

In her first public comment since the shooting, the boy’s mother said in a video and written statement released on Wednesday that the violence her family and others experienced had taught them “to see the generous, caring, kind and incredibly kind spirit that makes up the vast community of the majority of our world.”

Kelly Roberts described her son Cooper Roberts as an “athlete” and “fun loving” but said he has a long way to go. Cooper was hit in the back. The bullet penetrated his body and severely damaged the aorta, liver, esophagus and spinal cord before exiting his chest.

Cooper has undergone multiple surgeries and is paralyzed from the waist down.

Cooper’s twin brother, Luke, was slightly injured by shrapnel, but his mother is concerned about the impact of seeing his twin heavily injured. She also injured her leg.

Roberts said she still sees a bright future for Cooper and thanked her pioneers who helped the family in the aftermath of the shooting, along with health care providers and other first responders.

“A lot of people will know that the lesson in this is not that one person did this terrible thing,” she said. “The lesson from this is that thousands of people have done great things, good things, and they keep doing good things.”

During the court session Submit murder chargesProsecutors said police found more than 80 spent shell casings on the roof of a building along the parade route and a semi-automatic rifle used in the attack on the grounds nearby.

Investigators believe that Cremo merged with the fleeing crowd to get away from the scene, then borrowed his mother’s car and I briefly thought of a second attack At a ceremony in Madison, Wisconsin, before returning to Illinois where police arrested him.

Karimo is scheduled to appear in court on August 3.

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