No errors found in prior dealings with accused parade shooter, state police director says

Brendan Kelly
Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly speaks to the proposed FOID modernization changes in Senate Bill 1165 and House Bill 745 during a press conference with lawmakers at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Photo credit Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via Imagn Content Services, LLC

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The head of the Illinois State Police is explaining how the man charged by prosecutors with the deadly attack in Highland Park was able to legally purchase guns, despite past reports to police that he was a threat to himself and others.

ISP Director Brendan Kelly said Highland Park police were called in 2019 about a possible suicide attempt by Robert Crimo III.

Later that year, Kelly notes, a family member told police Crimo had threatened to kill people in his home.

Crimo and his mother told police after the second incident that he was not a threat to himself or others, and investigators were unable to independently confirm that he was, Kelly said.

“There was no new information to establish a clear and present danger; no arrests; no criminal records; no mental-health prohibitors; no orders of protection and no other disqualifying prohibitors,” Kelly said. “So, the available evidence would have been insufficient.”

He said that means there was no legal basis to deny Crimo a state firearms ID card or prevent him from legally buying guns, including the semiautomatic rifle police say he used in the Highland Park shootings.

Listen to WBBM Newsradio now on Audacy!
Sign up and follow WBBM Newsradio
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram