Independence Day mass shooter suspect Robert Crimo identified as Spotify rapper 1 month ago

Independence Day mass shooter suspect Robert Crimo identified as Spotify rapper

A picture of the suspect wearing a Where's Waldo outfit at a Donald Trump rally has also emerged

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Robert Crimo, the man who police suspect killed and injured multiple people at an Independence Day parade in the US on Monday, is also a seemingly-successful rapper who goes by the name 'Awake'.

The mass shooting on July 4 left six people dead and over 30 injured after a gunman opened fire on a rooftop near an Independence Day parade in Illinois. Hours later, police announced they had arrested Robert E Crimo after a lengthy manhunt.


It has since been revealed that the 22-year-old is also known as 'Awake the Rapper' on Spotify, who has over 16,000 Spotify listeners and a net worth of $100,000.

According to the MailOnline, Crimo had also posted music videos online which include a drawing of himself shooting people, as well as a clip of himself throwing bullets on the floor of a classroom while wearing armour.

HIGHLAND PARK, IL - JULY 04: Law enforcement works the scene after a mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade on July 4, 2022 in Highland Park, Illinois. Reports indicate at least six people were killed and more than 20 injured in the shooting. (Photo by Jim Vondruska/Getty Images) Law enforcement works the scene after a mass shooting after the Highland Park shooting (Photo: Getty)

Police said the suspect was "known to law enforcement" but it is not known if this is due to his chilling content, which has since been taken down.

In 2020, Crimo was pictured attending a Donald Trump rally dressed as Where's Waldo, the US equivalent of Where's Wally. Another picture showed him wrapped in a Donald Trump flag.


Nicolas Toledo, a 78-year-old grandfather, and Jacki Sundheim, a synagogue teacher and married mother-of-one, are the only Highland Park shooting victims who have been named so far.

Sundheim's nephew, Luke Sundheim, said he was enjoying another July 4 parade with his family when he got "a phone call that I hope none of you ever receive."

He wrote on Facebook that Jacki was "one of the kindest people you’d ever meet," adding: "I love America, but this can not keep happening to innocent loving people."


About 26 of those who were injured were sent to the NorthShore University Health Centre. They were aged between eight to 85 and all but one had gunshot wounds, the hospital’s medical director of emergency preparedness, Dr Brigham Temple said.

Crimo was reportedly traced by authorities who took a DNA sample from the rifle found at the scene, NBC 5 reports.

Halfway through the year and a total of 309 mass shootings have occurred in the US, in which four or more people, excluding the shooter, were shot or killed.

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