The accused Highland Park gunman was bizarrely obsessive about the numbers 4 and seven, that are the date of his bloodbath when transposed, police stated Wednesday.
Robert E. “Bobby” Crimo III, 21, had the numbers painted on his silver Acura and even tattooed on his face, exhibiting he clearly “had an affinity” for the figures, Lake County County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli informed reporters.
The suspect — whose alleged rampage at a Fourth of July parade within the Chicago suburb Monday left seven innocent people dead and dozens extra injured — additionally reportedly used the title “Awake47” for a web based discussion board the place he and others recurrently posted photographs of the aftermath of violence.
Crimo’s obsession “apparently comes from music that he’s excited by,” Covelli stated.
Officials didn’t elaborate on the numbers’ significance, however there’s a well-known time signature “7/4″ utilized in songs comparable to Pink Floyd’s “Money” and Alice in Chains’ “Them Bones,” according to the website stereogum.
Some observers on social media additionally famous the similarity between a photograph of Crimo in a darkish swimsuit and pink tie that resembled “Agent 47,” the fictional protagonist of the Hitman online game franchise.
“#ShooterVideoGames are a multi-billion trade,” a Twitter consumer famous Wednesday.
Authorities revealed Crimo’s obsession with the numbers whereas asserting he had “seriously contemplated” shooting up another July Fourth celebration in Madison, Wis., however he felt he hadn’t achieved sufficient planning for that assault, so he drove again to Illinois, the place he was arrested.
More protection on the Highland Park parade capturing
Crimo allegedly confessed to the Highland Park capturing when he was taken into custody simply 5 miles from the scene. He used a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 semi-automatic rifle to unleash greater than 80 rounds on parade-goers, killing seven and injuring greater than 40 others.
Crimo was arrested Monday whereas behind the wheel of his mother’s Honda Fit. His uncle, Paul Crimo, told the Chicago Sun-Times that his nephew owns a silver Acura that had the quantity “47” painted in massive black-and-gold letters on each the driving force and passenger sides. The automobile was parked within the Crimos’ entrance yard Tuesday, the newspaper reported.
Paul Crimo stated he wasn’t positive what the numbers represented.