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Highland Park shooting suspect’s father claims his son called Copenhagen shooter ‘idiot’ the day before July 4 massacre


A memorial is erected for the seven people killed and dozens injured in the mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois.Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photos

  • The father of the Highland Park shooting suspect said he spoke of another mass shooting the night before the massacre.

  • Robert Crimo Jr. says his son called the gunman who killed three people at a Copenhagen shopping mall*/ an “idiot”.

  • Crimo and the suspect’s mother have retained attorney Steve Greenberg, whose firm has previously represented R. Kelly.

The father of the Highland Park shooting suspect said he discussed another mass shooting with his son the night before the July 4 massacre, the New York Post reported.

On Monday, a gunman opened fire during an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois, about 30 miles north of Chicago, killing seven people and injuring at least 31. The shooter 21-year-old, who was arrested after a manhunt, has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder and could face “dozens more” charges, the state’s attorney said of Lake County.

In an interview with The Post, Robert Crimo Jr., the suspect’s father, said he and his son discussed another mass shooting at a mall in Copenhagen, Denmark, in which a Danish man from 22-year-old shot and killed three people on July 3.

“He goes, ‘Yeah, that guy’s an idiot. That’s what he said!” the father recalled the conversation he had with his son, adding that his son also said “people like that… [commit mass shootings] to amplify people who want to ban all guns.”

The suspect’s father is facing criticism for sponsoring his son’s gun owner’s ID card before he turned 21, but told the Post he had no involvement in the mass shooting. It is not known whether the suspect had to renew his firearms license at the age of 21.

Earlier Wednesday, the parents of the alleged Highland Park shooter retained attorney Steve Greenberg, whose firm has previously represented disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly.

“We are all mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and this is a terrible tragedy for many families, the victims, the protesters, the community and ours,” the parents said in a statement. by Greenberg. “Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to everyone.”

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