In custody: ‘Person of interest’ in Illinois parade shooting known as ‘Awake the Rapper’

Police named 22-year-old Robert “Bobby” Crimo III as a person of interest in a mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Illinois. Now, police say that they have Crimo in custody after a brief pursuit around 6:30 (CDT) Monday.

Crimo performed under the name Awake the Rapper.

Police believe it was Crimo who stood atop a building and shot into a crowd of people in Highland Park, Ill., who had gathered for a Fourth of July parade in the Chicago suburb. At least six people were killed and 30 were wounded.

According to a account, “Awake” released his first song “By the Pond and then released a music video on an official artist channel.

The fandom description said the rapper gained a cult following since he and his music “disappeared from the internet.”

However, in 2021, he resurfaced with a video that showed him in a school classroom. At one point, he grabs onto an American flag and poses with ammunition.

There have been no charges filed yet.

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