WEDNESDAY UPDATE: On Wednesday night, Illinois State Police released more information about Highland Park shooting suspect Robert “Bobby” Crimo III.

In the ongoing investigation into the shooting in Highland Park on July 4, the Illinois State Police (ISP) continue to provide information to the public.

Clear and Present Danger reporting was established by Illinois law in 1990 and expanded incrementally to include school administrators and law enforcement, a Wednesday news release says. This law is distinct from the Firearms Restraining Order which became law in 2019. Clear and Present Danger is a mechanism used by the ISP to revoke or deny a Firearm Owner Identification Card (FOID).

On the other hand, the Firearms Restraining Order is a court ordered restriction on firearms possession. Clear and Present Danger status is only one of many factors that can result in the revocation and denial of a FOID card. Other factors can include criminal records, mental health prohibitors, and other orders of protection, the release says.

Upon receipt of a Clear and Present danger report submitted to ISP, officers determine if the subject of the report has a FOID card or a pending FOID application and review all information submitted by the local reporting police department.

For a Clear and Present Danger determination, the legal standard for review ISP must meet is a preponderance of the evidence, which is a higher legal burden than probable cause.  Granting a Firearms Restraining Order has an even higher burden of proof requiring “clear and convincing” evidence.

If the reviewing officer determines there is sufficient evidence to establish a clear and present danger posed by the subject of the report, then the subject’s FOID is revoked, or a pending FOID application is denied. If there is insufficient evidence, the status of the FOID or pending application is unaffected, the release says.

For the individual charged in the Highland Park shooting, in September 2019 ISP officers confirmed he did not have a FOID card or pending application. According to the report submitted, the threat of violence allegedly made by the individual was reported to Highland Park Police second hand.

When police went to the house, both the individual and his mother disputed the threat of violence.  The individual told police he did not feel like hurting himself or others and was offered mental health resources.  Additionally, the report indicated the knives did not belong to the individual and were ultimately turned over to the father who claimed they were his, the release says.

As stated by Highland Park Police, there was no probable cause to arrest.  Upon review of the report at that time, the reviewing officer concluded there was insufficient information for a Clear and Present Danger determination. 

In December of 2019 the individual applied for a FOID card. The application included a parental legal guardian affidavit signed by the father of the individual applying, the release says.

Illinois law dictates that the Illinois State Police shall issue a FOID card to an applicant who meets the statutory requirements and who has no firearms prohibitor. At the time of FOID application approval for the individual in question there was no new information to establish a clear and present danger, no arrests, no prohibiting criminal records, no mental health prohibitors, no orders of protection, no other disqualifying prohibitors and no Firearms Restraining Order. The available evidence would have been insufficient for law enforcement to seek a Firearms Restraining Order from a court, the release says.

EARLIER UPDATE: “In our continued investigation into the shooting in Highland Park on July 4, 2022, the Illinois State Police (ISP) looked into the criminal background of the individual charged in the crime,” a news release says.

Crimo passed four background checks when purchasing firearms, through the Firearms Transaction Inquiry Program (FTIP), which includes the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS):

  • June 9, 2020
  • July 18, 2020
  • July 31, 2020
  • September 20, 2021

The only offense included in his criminal history was an ordinance violation in January 2016 for possession of tobacco.

ISP has no mental health prohibit or reports submitted by healthcare facilities or personnel, the latest update says.

The September 2019 Clear and Present Danger report made by the Highland Park Police Department was made in response to threats allegedly directed at the family, but the report indicates when police went to the home and asked the individual if he felt like harming himself or others, he responded no.

“Additionally and importantly, the father claimed the knives were his and they were being stored in the individual’s closet for safekeeping.  Based upon that information, the Highland Park Police returned the knives to the father later that afternoon,” the release says.

“ISP will continue to provide as much information as possible in an effort to be fully transparent.”

EARLIER UPDATE: Illinois State Police have released more information about the Highland Park shooting suspect.

In September 2019, ISP received a Clear and Present Danger report on Crimo from Highland Park Police. The report was related to threats the subject made against his family, a news release says.

“There were no arrests made in the September 2019 incident and no one, including family, was willing to move forward on a complaint nor did they subsequently provide information on threats or mental health that would have allowed law enforcement to take additional action,” the release says.  “Additionally, no Firearms Restraining Order was filed, nor any order of protection.”

At that time of the September 2019 incident, the subject did not have a FOID card to revoke or a pending FOID application to deny, the release says. “Once this determination was made, Illinois State Police involvement with the matter was concluded,” the release says.

Then, in December of 2019, at the age of 19, Crimo applied for a FOID card. The subject was under 21 and the application was sponsored by the subject’s father.” Therefore, at the time of FOID application review in January of 2020, there was insufficient basis to establish a clear and present danger and deny the FOID application,” the release concludes.

EARLIER: A man is in custody after six people were killed and dozens were hospitalized in a shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, IL. Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, 22, was taken into custody following a brief pursuit at around 6:30 p.m.

Robert “Bobby” Crimo III (photo: Highland Park Police Department)

A manhunt for Crimo lasted over eight hours.