Red Dot Arms Is Where Robert Crimo Acquired Highland Park Parade Massacre Pistol, Store Owner Says
High-powered rifle police believe Robert ‘Bobby’ Crimo used to kill seven people and injure dozens was legally bought online and picked up from local arms dealer Red Dot Arms , the Illinois store owner confirmed to The Daily Beast.
The Red Dot owner, who asked that his name not be used, told The Daily Beast Crimo he purchased the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 semi-automatic rifle from a Kentucky retailer called budsgunshop.com, which sells the gun for less than $700 with shipping. Police say Crimo obtained the weapon after a September 2019 incident that led to cops confiscating 16 knives, a sword and a dagger from Crimo’s home in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park.
As The Daily Beast previously reported, state police say Crimo’s father, Robert Crimo Jr., signed his son’s application for a gun owner’s identification card, or FOID, in December 2019. This even though the son allegedly attempted suicide and threatened the family.
Budsgunshop.com could not immediately be reached for comment.
In a telephone interview Wednesday, the Red Dot owner said the Lake Villa, Illinois store was closed and he was at home when ATF officers contacted him Monday morning after the shooting during a parade on July 4. He said he immediately made the 10-minute drive to the store and pulled out the paperwork, a 4473 form bearing the rifle’s serial number and Crimo’s name.
“We do the paperwork meticulously,” the owner said. “That’s, that’s our job. This is what we do to follow.
Red point describes himself as “a multi-faceted company dedicated to educating individuals on the proper use and care of firearms…Our family-owned company, headquartered in Lake Villa, Illinois, serves our customers at seven warehouses in nationwide, offering products from more than 250 manufacturers.”
The store sells a range of AR-15, AK-47and other guns, starting around $300. It also offers a variety of far-right merchandise, such as stickers glorifying armed militias like the 3 Percenters and others carrying slogans such as “Molon Labe”, a taunt used by the right which means “Come and take it”.
Red point also offers training coursesand for $75, will help Illinois residents apply for a concealed carry permit.
A senior law enforcement official told The Daily Beast that the rifle was one of four firearms Crimo had purchased through Red Dot Arms. After the shooting, authorities said they seized a total of five firearms from Crimo, including two rifles, handguns and a shotgun.
The owner of Red Dot said of Crimo: “Most of these people doing these things are pretty stupid. Someone who… would have put a thought [into] that would have crushed the serial number and we would never have found it.
Crimo, 21, has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder, with “dozens more” charges pending, Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart announced Tuesday night. He is accused of shooting innocent spectators attending the parade, turning a normally festive day into a terrifying bloodbath.
Crimo had been planning the attack for “several weeks”, authorities say, and although he made violent threats against his family and attempted suicide, he was nonetheless approved for a firearms license from the ‘State.