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 youtube.fandom.com 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.