Who is Robert E. Crimo III and why did he shoot into the crowd?

The gunman at the July 4th parade in Highland Park, Illinois, was a rapper with more than 16,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, calling himself "Awake."

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R. Gelfenstein - The suspect in the murder of six people and 30 others injured during the July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois, was a rapper who hinted at mass school shootings on social media.

Robert "Bobby" Crimo III, 22, was known as "Awake" in the music industry.

On the Spotify platform, it gathered more than 16,000 listeners per month, according to national media reported on Tuesday.

Music videos shared by Crimo included a drawing of him shooting people. In another recording, he appears to be firing bullets at a classroom floor while wearing armor.

The father of the alleged abuser ran for mayor of Highland Park in 2019.

A Nov. 28, 2018, Facebook post shows Bob Crimo outside the Highland Park City office announcing his candidacy as a person to the people.

Highland Park police are questioning Crimo, who allegedly used a long-range rifle to carry out the attack, authorities found a high-caliber rifle on the roof of a building near passing parade floats.

Several people who were nearby told local media they heard at least 20 gunshots, and some participants mistook the noise for gunpowder.

While Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering doesn't know where the gun used in Monday's shooting came from, she said it was "legally obtained" during an interview with NBC.

Among the videos investigated, netizens have also commented on many in which Crimo is shown participating in marches with supporters of Donald Trump.

President Joe Biden, who delivered the traditional Independence Day speech from the White House, took the opportunity to condemn the events, stating that "July 4 comes at a critical time. Our economy is growing, but not without pain. Freedom is under attack."

Christopher Covelli, a spokesman for the Lake County Sheriff's Office, said the alleged shooter decided to disguise himself as a woman primarily to hide facial tattoos. He would also wear a wig. This allowed him to escape the scene, although he was later captured.

Crimo was on the run for hours after the mass shooting, but police caught up with him Monday night, about five miles from the scene, thanks to a bystander who saw his vehicle and alerted emergency health services.

Covelli said officers who arrested the suspect found another handgun in the suspect's car and other firearms in his apartment near Highwood.

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