Highland Park mass shooting suspect ‘seriously contemplated’ second attack in Madison, officials say
MADISON, Wis. — The alleged shooter who killed seven and injured more than 30 others at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois considered opening fire at a second holiday event in Madison but ultimately decided against it, according to statements the 21-year-old made to police after his arrest.
Authorities confirmed Tuesday that Robert Crimo III traveled to Madison after the shooting before he returned to Illinois.
“Investigators did develop some information that it appears when he drove to Madison, he was driving around, however, he did see a celebration that was occurring in Madison and he seriously contemplated using the firearm he had in his vehicle to commit another shooting in Madison,” Deputy Chief of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Christopher Covelli said during a Wednesday morning press conference.
According to Covelli, Crimo had roughly 60 rounds of ammunition at the time. Investigators said Crimo ultimately decided against attacking the Madison-area event because he hadn’t put enough thought or research into it.
“We don’t have information to suggest he planned on driving to Madison initially to commit another attack, we do believe that he was driving around following the first attrack and saw the celebration,” Covelli added.
On Tuesday, Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes declined to comment on Crimo’s visit to Madison saying the FBI was handling the investigation. News 3 Now has reached out to both the Madison Police Department and Dane County Sheriff’s Office to learn more about local law enforcement’s response.
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