The maker of a collapsible rifle belonging to accused Highland Park shooter Robert Crimo III describes the weapon as “lightweight/compact/efficient” on its website.
The Kel-Tec Sub2000 semi-automatic rifle appears to be the weapon police say they found in the suspect’s mother’s car, which Crimo was driving when he was arrested on Monday.
Lake County Sheriff’s Police say Crimo purchased the gun in 2020 after Illinois State Police approved its gun owner’s ID card.
Police say the weapon fired from a rooftop in Highland Park, an M&P15 Smith & Wesson semi-automatic rifle, was left at the crime scene.
But prosecutors said Crimo drove to Madison, Wis., with a second gun and considered shooting more people after he allegedly opened fire earlier in the morning on crowds gathered to watch the parade. 4th of July in Highland Park.
Kel-Tec says the gun is capable of firing either 9mm or .40 caliber ammunition and “picks up where handguns leave off.”
The build advertises that the weapon is simple to use and can be broken down so it can be easily stored in a backpack.
“Folded, it stows well in situations where space is limited, but is quick to deploy in situations where time is of the essence,” according to a description on the gunsmith’s website.
A photo of the folding rifle released Wednesday by the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force appears to show Crimo’s gun was found in a backpack.
Lake County Police say in 2020 Crimo also brought a Remington 700 bolt-action rifle – popular among hunters and target shooters who appreciate its power and long range – as well as a Falcon shotgun International Arms Citadel Warthog and the Smith & Wesson M&P15 rifle that police say he used in the attack.
The following year, Crimo purchased a Glock 43X 9mm handgun, officials said.
Seven people died in the July 4 mass shooting – one of the worst in state history – and at least three dozen others were injured, including an 8-year-old boy who remains in a critical condition with a severed spinal cord.
Contributor: Frank Main