The 4th of July shooter's father, whose son (which we will not name) is accused of killing seven people and injuring dozens more in a shooting at an Independence Day parade in Illinois, has faced backlash over reports that he helped the 21-year-old suspect obtain a firearm license prior to the attack.
The elder publicly addressed the situation this week and denied he played any role in the actions of his son. Nevertheless, he provided one chilling detail about the last conversation he had with the suspect just hours before the deadly incident in Highland Park.
He said that he and his son discussed a mass shooting in Denmark on Sunday evening, recalling that the suspect said: “Yeah, that guy is an idiot.”
According to the father, the suspect claimed that gunmen like the shooter who killed three people in Copenhagen carry out such massacres “to amp up the people that want to ban all guns.”
As for his own son’s mental state and motivation for the deadly shooting, the father said he has no clear answers.
“Like, did he have a psychiatric [sic] break or something?” he asked.
Reports indicate the father has hired attorney Steven Greenberg, who recently defended disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly during his sex trafficking trial, to represent him in the wake of his son's arrest.
He reacted to criticism by insisting that his son “bought everything on his own” and that all the guns were “registered to him.”
He confirmed that he wants to see his son face “a long sentence,” though he lamented the fact that he has “lost a son” in the process.
“They make me like I groomed him to do all this,” the father complained. “I’ve been here my whole life, and I’m going to stay here, hold my head up high because I didn’t do anything wrong.”