This week, authorities in Illinois and beyond are working diligently to understand what led 22 year-old Bobby Crimo to open fire on a 4th of July parade in Highland Park, but it doesn’t appear as though his family is going to be much help in that regard.
Crimo has killed at least 7 people thus far, with some victims remaining in critical condition at local hospitals, leaving many to fear that the death toll could still rise days after Crimo’s apprehension.
Thus far, police have identified a number of worrisome incidents and behaviors linked to the shooter.
The 22-year-old reportedly uploaded a beheading video online and clips that contained violent images.
He also penned comments on a message board that discussed murder and death, according to NBC News.
One clip that has been shared online shows an armed gunman firing a rifle, and a chilling drawing depicts an assailant lying in a pool of blood.
In a video depicting an armed suspect, Crimo rapped: “Like a sleepwalker, I am breaking through no matter what.”
The family appeared to be in denial, however.
Crimo’s uncle Paul told Fox32 Chicago: “I saw no signs of trouble. And if I did see signs I would have said something.”
Paul revealed that Crimo didn’t say anything that was concerning.
He claimed that he didn’t know where Crimo had bought the weapon.
Mark Heymann, 22, who went to high school with Crimo, told NBC News: “He always seemed a little off, but I can’t describe it much beyond that.”
Crimo has confessed to police that he was responsible for the shooting, and authorities have suggested that the crazed gunman had considered taking more lives in nearby Madison, Wisconsin after the Highland Park massacre.