Dad of Highland Park suspect said he sponsored his son's gun permit application because he thought he wanted to go to the shooting range

People's belongings lie abandoned along the parade route following a mass shooting at a July 4th parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois, the United States, July 5, 2022.
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Seven people were killed in a mass shooting at a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
The suspect's father said he sponsored his son's gun license as he thought he wanted to go to a shooting range.
He said of his son, "I want a long sentence."
The father of a man suspected in the deadly mass shooting at a July Fourth parade said he sponsored his son's application for a gun license because he thought he wanted to go to a shooting range.
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Robert Crimo Jr. told the New York Post that he sponsored his son's firearms owner's ID card, which Illinois residents need to legally possess firearms or ammunition.
He said he did so because he believed his son wanted to go to the shooting range and that the 21-year-old suspect was being screened when purchasing the guns.
"You know, he drove there, he ordered them, he picked them up, they did his background check on everyone," he told the Post.
He said he was involved in the "null" mass shooting.
The suspect's father said people tried to blame him for the shooting: "You make me feel like I prepared him to do all this. I've been here my whole life and I'm going to stay here, chin up up 'cause I didn't do anything wrong."
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A shooting suspect opened fire Monday during a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, a Chicago suburb, killing seven people.
Police identified Crimo Jr.'s son as the shooter and took him into custody.
He has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder, the Lake County prosecutor said, adding he could face "dozens more" charges.
Dozens were also injured during the shooting, in which the gunman fired more than 70 rounds, authorities said, Insider reported.
The gunman carried out the attack with a rifle and possessed at least five weapons, authorities added on Tuesday.
He appeared in court for the first time on Wednesday. A prosecutor said he admitted to the shooting, Reuters reported.
Crimo told the Post he wanted a stiff sentence for his son: "I want a long sentence."
"So life is. You know that you have consequences for actions. He made a choice. He didn't have to. I think there is obviously a mental illness. ... I haven't seen much of it."
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