The suspect in the 4th of July massacre near Chicago was charged with 117 counts

An Illinois grand jury has indicted the man accused of shooting into a crowd watching an Independence Day parade in the Chicago area on 117 counts, including 21 counts of first-degree murder, he said Wednesday. it is the case.

The suspect, 21-year-old Robert Crimmo, is being held without bail after he was taken into custody following a massacre at Highland Park Fourth of July celebrations that left seven people dead and more than three dozen injured.

He is due in court on Aug. 3 to face charges, the Lake County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement Wednesday.

Under the US legal system, a prosecutor can convene a civil panel or grand jury, which has the power to decide whether there is enough evidence to prosecute a defendant.

If convicted of murder, he faces a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole, the Lake County District Attorney said a day after the massacre.

The massacre was part of a recent spate of mass shootings that have reignited the debate over gun violence in the US. It followed an attack in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two teachers, and another at a predominantly black supermarket in Buffalo, New York, that killed 10 people.

In Highland Park, prosecutors say Crimmo planned the attack for weeks before climbing a rooftop and firing more than 70 bullets into the parade crowd. They said he tried to escape, dressed in women’s clothing and wearing make-up to cover his facial tattoos.

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