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What do we know about Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, the suspected shooter arrested for the Highland Park parade shooting?

Six people have been killed and dozens wounded after the 22-year-old opened fire on a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

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A tricycle is seen near the scene of a mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade route, in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois.
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At around 10:14 on Monday 4 July a gunman opened fire on a crowd in Highland Park, Illinois. Police say that there are six fatalities and around 31 people hospitalized with serious injuries ranging in age from 8 to 85.

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The gunman is thought to be 22-year-old Robert Crimo III. The Highland Park Police Chief, Lou Jogmen, said that a North Chicago police officer spotted the vehicle Crimo was believed to be traveling in and tried to perform a traffic stop. However, the suspect fled and a “brief” car pursuit ensued with Crimo eventually stopping. He was detained without incident in Lake Forest.

Who is Robert Crimo III?

Robert, also known as Bobby, had a large social media presence as an amatuer rapper. He went by the stage name “Awake the Rapper” and had more than 16,000 listeners a month. The account has now been removed from the music site.

Highland Park police released this image on July 4 of Robert Crimo.
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Highland Park police released this image on July 4 of Robert Crimo.City of Highland Park Highland Park via REUTERS

The same is true for his Twitter and YouTube accounts; both have been removed. According to the Independent newspaper in the UK, his YouTube channel was full of worrying videos such as Crimo wrapped in US flag after a school shooting as well as a video of someone wearing the logo of his channel gunned down by police.

A drawing of a person lying in blood is seen in this still image taken from a video uploaded by Robert (Bob) E. Crimo III, a person of interest in the mass shooting that took place at a Fourth of July parade route in the wealthy Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois, U.S. Robert Crimo/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.
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A drawing of a person lying in blood is seen in this still image taken from a video uploaded by Robert (Bob) E. Crimo III, a person of interest in the mass shooting that took place at a Fourth of July parade route in the wealthy Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois, U.S. Robert Crimo/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.Robert CrimoRobert Crimo via REUTERS

Crimo has a number of tattoos. According to the FBI, Mr Crimo has tattoos on his face showing four tally marks with a line through them on his right cheek and a cursive script above his left eyebrow that reads “Awake”. He also has red roses and green leaves on his neck.

He also hosted a Discord server, now removed, called “SS”. Discord users shared pictures of Mr Crimo with one selfie making a reference to suicide. Its caption read, “Cursed image screenshot and send to everyone or commit not alive anymore (sic)”. This is likely a reference to terms of service changes on YouTube in the last few years which make it difficult for channels to monetise their videos if they discuss ‘sensitive’ topics.