Confessed perpetrator of the Illinois massacre considered carrying out another attack on the same day


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Cena do ataque em Highland Park: segundo autoridades, atirador contemplou a ideia de efetuar mais disparos numa celebração em Wisconsin, mas desistiu porque não havia se planejado

Highland Park attack scene: according to authorities, the gunman contemplated the idea of ​​firing more shots at a celebration in Wisconsin, but backed out because it had not been planned| Photo: EFE/EPA/TANNEN MAURY

Robert Crimo, the man from 18 years who was accused of killing seven people and injuring more thanat an Independence Day parade last Monday (4) in Highland Park, in the US state of Illinois, confessed to being the author of the shooting, the local prosecutor said on Wednesday (6).

Crime attended the first court hearing about the case and was denied the request for release on bail. On Tuesday, Lake County Attorney Eric Rinehart said the gunman had been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder and that other charges are expected to be filed in the future.

Rinehart said that if Crimo is convicted, he will get sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Sergeant Chris Covelli, a spokesman for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, said that Crimo had come to police attention twice previously: in April of , a call to the emergency phone pointed out that he had attempted suicide, and in September of the same year police officers were at his family’s house because Crimo would have threatened to “kill everyone”.

In this second incident, according to Reuters news agency, the police seized a collection with 10 knives, a dagger and a sword that Crimo kept at home. However, he was not arrested.

Local authorities also reported Wednesday that Crimo, whose motives for the Highland Park shooting are still unclear, had considered carrying out another attack in the city of Madison, in the neighboring state of Wisconsin.

The shooter, who acted in Highland Park disguised as a woman to escape the crowd, drove through the area and saw another 4th of July celebration in Madison.

He considered starting another firefight, but decided not to because he hadn’t “planned enough” – The Highland Park attack had its details defined by Crimo for weeks, according to authorities. He was arrested soon after in Illinois while trying to evade a traffic police roadblock.

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