Police say Highland Park shooting suspect drove to Madison, 'seriously contemplated' attack there

After the suspect in the Highland Park, Ill., mass shooting was formally charged with seven counts of first-degree murder on Wednesday, Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesperson Chris Covelli spoke to reporters outside the courthouse. Covelli said Robert Crimo III drove to Madison, Wis., after he allegedly killed seven people and injured more than 30 others during a July 4 parade in Highland Park, and “seriously contemplated” committing another shooting during a celebration there.

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- Certainly, our investigation has gone very much into what happened after the shooting, what Crimo's plan was. Investigators did develop some information that it appears, when he drove to Madison, he was driving around. However, he did see a celebration that was occurring in Madison. And he seriously contemplated using the firearm he had in his vehicle to commit another shooting.

- In Madison?

- In Madison.

- Do you know how much ammunition he had at that point on his body?

- Approximately 60 rounds.

- At that point, he did?

- Yes.

- 60?

- Yes.

- [INAUDIBLE] go to Highland Park and then to Madison all along?

- We don't have information to suggest he planned on driving to Madison initially to commit another attack. We do believe that he was driving around following the first attack and saw the celebration.

- When he got to Madison, did something deter him from attacking, or did he appear to make a decision himself to not attack?

- Indications are that he hadn't put enough thought and research into it.