The parents of accused Highland Park mass shooter Robert Cremo III have offered their “thoughts and prayers” for the victims – as it emerged that the suspect’s father helped them buy their guns, even though he was killed earlier. The threat was marked as a “clear and present danger”. her relatives.
Bob Cremo and his wife, Denise, broke their silence after retaining a local attorney—who had been outraging the high-powered weapons just hours before their new client—helped buy their son.
“We are all mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and this is a terrible tragedy for the many families, the victims, the paraders, the community, and us.” The family said in a statement late Tuesday.
“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to all.”
His attorney, Steve Greenberg of Greenberg Trial Lawyers, also said that the parents also “request that everyone respect their privacy as they try to sort [through] This tragedy. ,
Before retaining, Greenberg had made a scathing attack about the shooting and the lack of gun control laws.
“This is my hometown where I grew up and raised my kids. WTF is wrong with people. Nobody needs these high powered weapons!!!!!” They said, “F [Ted Cruz]Mitch McConnell and everyone loves him.”
he said he stood with the tweet Even as it became his new customer, the suspect’s father was instrumental in allowing his son to buy the weapon, even though the 21-year-old wannabe rapper called out “to kill everyone in his family” in September 2019. “Threatened.
Greenberg insisted on Tuesday that the father – a one-time mayoral candidate – only sponsored his son’s gun-buying spree because he had no knowledge of the dangers and that 16 knives, a dagger and A collection of swords that were confiscated at that time. ,
However, Illinois State Police insisted late Tuesday that when the threat was investigated, “importantly, the father claimed the knives were his and were being kept in the person’s cell for safekeeping.
“Based on that information, Highland Park Police returned the knives to the father later that afternoon,” the force said.
The state force confirmed that the local police alerted them to the fact that Crimea should be treated as a “clear and present danger”.
However, “there were no arrests in the September 2019 incident and no one, including the family, was willing to proceed with the complaint, nor did they subsequently provide information about threats or mental health, prompting law enforcement to take additional action.” would have been allowed,” the force said.
The force also said, “Reports suggest that when the police went to the house and asked the person whether he felt like harming himself or others, he did not respond.”
Since Cremo did not have a state firearm owners identification (FOID) card that could be revoked or there was a pending application for denial, the involvement of the state police was closed, the force said.
But just three months later, when Cremo was 19, his father sponsored him in the first four FOID cards to obtain a small arsenal of weapons, police said.
Because Cremo was not arrested and his family failed to press charges or raise mental-health concerns, Cremo was able to waive Illinois’ “red flag” law that prohibited people with violent tendencies from obtaining guns. People were designed to stop.
According to the state police, after the events of 2019 that caught the attention of the police, they conducted four background checks in the purchase of their guns, all of them conducted in 2020 and 2021.
He purchased at least five guns, including an AR-15-style rifle used to allegedly kill seven people and injure at least 30 during the Fourth of July parade.
Despite his client’s role in getting his son guns, Greenberg stood by his earlier attacks, saying, “I am 100% anti-assault weapons.”
he insisted State Police should pay attentionnot his customers.
The Illinois State Police should “ask why they approved the FOID card and why do they allow the sale of assault weapons?” He tweeted.
Cremo was charged Tuesday with seven counts of first-degree murder and faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted.