Highland Park police says they had two prior encounters with the shooter:
April 2019: Suicide attempt
Sept 2019: Family member said Crimo threatened to "kill everyone" and police removed 16 knives, a dagger and a sword but found no probable cause to arrest. pic.twitter.com/wWBi9IGivp
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 5, 2022
Won’t you look at that. He has previous encounters with law enforcement for violent threats, but those were not sufficiently dealt with so the shooter was able to pass a background check, buy a rifle and shoot up
Stoneman Douglas High School Robb Elementary School an Independence Day parade.
Illinois already has a red flag law.
I guess nobody thought to invoke it.
The suicide attempt is the real shocker. I’m surprised that didn’t get him an involuntary commitment that would make him a prohibited person.
Or maybe Illinois didn’t inform NICS like what happened with Sutherland Springs.
I’d put even money on someone having said something to the FBI about him too, and that being ignored.
I guess the big takeaway is that the purpose of red flag laws is to be a political weapon because they certainly don’t stop crazy people who get the cops called on them from getting guns.