Highland Park Suspect’s Dad Reveals Disturbing Final Conversation with Son Before Massacre

By Michael Austin

The Highland Park, Illinois, mass shooting suspect, Robert Crimo III, 21, had a conversation about mass shootings the night before he allegedly committed his crimes.On July 4, Crimo is believed to have opened fire on a crowded Independence Day parade, killing seven.Crimo’s father, Robert Crimo Jr., spoke with the New York Post following the incident.

During the interview, Crimo Jr. walked through the final conversation he and his son had together.

“I talked to him 13 hours before [Monday’s massacre]. That’s why I guess I’m in such shock. … Like, did he have a psychiatric break or something?” Crimo Jr. said of his son.

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The two were talking about the July 2 mass shooting in Denmark where a 22-year-old suspect reportedly shot and killed three people and wounded several others.

“He goes, ‘Yeah, that guy is an idiot.’ That’s what he said!” Crimo Jr. said.

Crimo III then went on to speculate on the average mass shooter’s intentions, his father said.

“People like that … [commit mass shootings] to amp up the people that want to ban all guns,” Crimo III said, according to his father.

In the days since the July 4 shooting, many stories have broken regarding Crimo III’s bizarre behavior.

For example, on Wednesday, Crimo’s mother discovered a “chilling” image painted on the back of her house, presumably by Crimo III.

The mural depicts a smiley-face figure brandishing a rifle.

In 2019, Crimo III allegedly threatened to kill his relatives.

Police then confiscated “a sword, dagger and 15 knives” from the now suspected mass shooter.

Three months later, Crimo Jr. sponsored his son’s application for a gun license, allowing Crimo III to purchase firearms before the age of 21.

“They make me like I groomed him to do all this,” Crimo Jr. said, referring to those who have since criticized his decision to sponsor his son’s gun license.

“I’ve been here my whole life, and I’m gonna stay here, hold my head up high, because I didn’t do anything wrong.”

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Robert Crimo, Jr., the father of suspected Highland Park parade shooter Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, described the entire situation as a nightmare, saying the family is just as shocked because he believes his son was raised with good morals.

He also said he doesn’t regret helping his son get a FOID card because he was following the law.

“As a father, I pretty much lost a son,” Crimo said.

He spoke publicly for the first time in an exclusive phone interview with ABC News.The father of the suspected Highland Park parade shooter is under investigation as authorities say he sponsored his son’s application to get a gun. ABC News Chief Legal Analyst Dan Abrams explains what charges he could face.

Crimo, a 2018 candidate for mayor of Highland Park, said he had talked to his son the night before the shooting.

“Thirteen hours earlier, I spent almost an hour with them sitting in the yard talking about the planet, the atmosphere and nothing. Great mood. I’m just shocked,” Crimo said. “I think, three days before the fourth, my wife had asked him, ‘hey, do you have any plans for the fourth?’ And he simply said, ‘no.'”Crimo said he doesn’t know the motive behind his son’s actions.”That’s what I’d like to ask him when I see him. I mean there, this kind of definitive act is a senseless act of violence. There’s no need for it,” Crimo said.

Illinois State Police are now investigating Crimo and his culpability for signing the consent form, which allowed his son to obtain a FOID card.

The father downplayed threats his son made in 2019 to kill others, likening it to a child’s outburst.

He said that didn’t change his mind about his son owning a gun, leaving it up to the vetting process.Robert Crimo, the Highland Park parade shooting suspect, will be held without bond on murder charges after confessing, a prosecutor said.

“Like, that’s all it was … a consent form to allow my son to go through the process. They do background checks. Whatever that entails, I’m not exactly sure. And either you’re approved or denied. And he was approved and prior, right before 2021,” Crimo said.Crimo said his son purchased the guns on his own and registered them in his own name.

In the meantime, the father said he hasn’t stopped thinking about the victims since the shooting.”My heart goes out to them. I just I can only imagine losing a family member at a parade or a child that doesn’t have their parents? It’s horrific,” Crimo said.

Crimo also strongly denied rumors of his son suffering from abuse at home.

He also wasn’t concerned by the social media posts his son made in the past, saying he hadn’t seen them all and figured they had to do with his music.

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