Two days after he allegedly staged a mass shooting that left seven people dead and dozens more injured, the shooter, who will not be named, appeared in court on Wednesday. Investigators say he not only confessed in great detail to the Independence Day attack at a parade in Highland Park, Illinois, but he also signaled an intent to carry out another shooting.
Specifically, Lake County Deputy Chief Chris Covelli confirmed that he planned to use one of his multiple firearms to target another July 4 celebration after crossing the border into Wisconsin.
According to Covelli: “He seriously contemplated using the firearm he had in his vehicle to commit another shooting. We don’t have information to suggest he planned on driving to Madison initially to commit another attack.”
Instead, Covelli signaled that it appeared to be an afterthought for the suspect, expressing a belief that he “was driving around following the first attack and saw the celebration” in Wisconsin. Instead of carrying out another shooting, however, police say the subject ditched his phone, turned around, and headed back to Illinois where he was arrested.
As of Wednesday evening, the suspect was being held without bond on seven first-degree murder counts, though State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart indicated that “many, many” more charges are likely to be added.