The father of a Highland Park gunman could face criminal charges after he backed his son’s bid to buy a gun.

Bob Crim’s son Robert, now 21, purchased five weapons in 2020 and 2021, including the semi-automatic rifle with which he allegedly fired more than 70 shots into a crowd during a July 4 parade, killing seven.

Authorities were called to the home of the Highland Park shooting suspect’s parents multiple times between 2010 and 2014, according to police records released Friday.

Most of the nine incidents documented by local police involved verbal or physical altercations between the suspect’s parents.

Robert was 19 when he applied for a Firearms Owner’s Identification (FOID). Under Illinois law, a person over the age of 18 but under the age of 21 can only get a card with parental consent.

The parents agree to be responsible for “any damages” caused by the applicant’s use of the firearm.

Bob Krima signed the form in December 2019, despite the fact that the police were called to their home twice because of Robert’s threats. In April 2019, he threatened to kill himself, and in September 2019, he vowed to “kill everyone,” prompting state police to declare him a “clear and present danger.”

Three months later, Bob Crimeau signed the FOID forms.

Bob Krima, the father of Highland Park gunman Robert Krima, signed forms allowing his struggling son to purchase a firearm despite being just 19 at the time.

Robert Crimmeau, now 22, shot and killed seven people on July 4 in Highland Park in a well-planned massacre.

Robert Crimmeau, now 22, shot and killed seven people on July 4 in Highland Park in a well-planned massacre.

Robert Krima used a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 to carry out his deadly July 4th attack

Robert Krima used a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 to carry out his deadly July 4th attack

“There will likely be a civil lawsuit,” said Brendan Kelly, director of state police. “Criminal prosecution and investigation are ongoing.

“Questions of blame, responsibility, who may be liable in certain circumstances are all part and parcel of this process.”

21-year-old Robert Krimo is accused of killing seven people at a July 4 parade

21-year-old Robert Krimo is accused of killing seven people at a July 4 parade

He would not confirm whether Bob Crimeau would face criminal charges.

“It’s inappropriate for the Illinois State Police to make a closing statement,” he said, adding that the matter will ultimately be decided in court.

Eric Rinehart told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Friday night that Bob Crim’s filing itself will not necessarily result in criminal charges, but they are “exploring” other possible charges related to “responsibility to the community.”

Steven Blandin, an attorney who has represented many of the victims’ families, said Bob Crim should be prosecuted.

“If the state doesn’t indict, then they’re admitting the entire statute is a sham,” he said.

Blandin warned that he thinks prosecutors may be hesitant to file charges because gun issues are so political, CBS Chicago reported.

Robert Crimmo appeared in court Wednesday on seven counts of murder. No guilty pleas were entered and Crimo’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 28.

Earlier this week, Bob Crima and his wife, Denise Pessina, hired attorney Steve Greenberg, who once represented R. Kelly. He resigned on Thursday, citing a “conflict” and was replaced by George Gomez.

Greenberg said Wednesday that the parents were devastated but insisted they were innocent.

“It’s not the parents’ fault. This is the fault of a young man who was allowed by the existing system to buy military-grade automatic weapons,” he said.

When asked about the incident in September 2019, Greenberg said, “The police conducted an investigation. They didn’t feel much of a threat because they returned those knives to the family after just a few hours.

“And there were no other incidents. So here we are three years later.’

Bob Crimea himself defended his actions and said that the 2019 incident was a “childish outburst”.

Krim's father, Bob Sr., was cornered by police when he arrived home Tuesday

Krim’s father, Bob Sr., was cornered by police when he arrived home Tuesday

Police are questioning the father of the Highland Park shooter on Tuesday

Police are questioning the father of the Highland Park shooter on Tuesday

Bob Krima Sr. comes home on Tuesday, talks on the phone

Bob Krima Sr. comes home on Tuesday, talks on the phone

Crimo's social media was full of clips glorifying violence and idolizing school shooters

Crimo’s social media was full of clips glorifying violence and idolizing school shooters

Krima is believed to have fled the scene of the crime after the massacre by dressing in women's clothing (above)

Krima is believed to have fled the scene of the crime after the massacre by dressing in women’s clothing (above)

Krim was seen Monday afternoon being arrested by police in Highland Park

Krim was seen Monday afternoon being arrested by police in Highland Park

“He bought everything himself, and they are registered to him,” he said The New York Post.

“You know, he got there, he ordered them, he picked them up, they checked every single one of them.”

He said he was “outraged” by his son’s actions.

“I want to get a long term,” he said.

“He made a choice. He didn’t need to do that. I think there’s obviously mental illness there. I didn’t see much.”

On Friday, Paul Crimeau, Bob Crimeau’s brother, defended his brother and accused Illinois authorities of giving his nephew the gun.

“I support him 100% — I think he did the right thing,” Paul Crimmo told CNN.

The gunman opened fire at 10.14am on Monday, just 15 minutes after the parade started.  He then fled the scene and remained in hiding for the rest of the day before finally being arrested at 6.30pm in Lake Forest, eight miles north of where the massacre took place

The gunman opened fire at 10.14am on Monday, just 15 minutes after the parade started. He then fled the scene and remained in hiding for the rest of the day before finally being arrested at 6.30pm in Lake Forest, eight miles north of where the massacre took place

Paul Krima admitted that he was “certain” that his brother “knew that his son was being investigated for threats to ‘kill everyone’ in 2019.

The teenager told the police that at the time he was in a depressed state and was always using drugs.

Police confiscated 16 knives, a 12-inch dagger and a 24-inch samurai-style sword, but the father returned them hours later.

When asked why his brother signed the FOID form, Paul Crimmo said, “If it was me, no, I wouldn’t… I probably wouldn’t have signed it.”

He continued: “I think the law needs to be made tougher.

“If someone’s life is in danger, if someone is suicidal, or if someone is depressed.

“The state should see that and not give the person a FOID card.”

He said his nephew “passed four background checks,” calling it evidence that he “seems fit” to be a gun owner.

“If he seemed unfit, he would never have gotten a FOID card,” he said, repeating that “the laws need to be tougher.”

Highland Park shooter Bobby Krima, right, with his mom Denise (top in red), half-sister Lynette (second from left) and younger brother Sam in a 2017 photo

Highland Park shooter Bobby Krima, right, with his mom Denise (top in red), half-sister Lynette (second from left) and younger brother Sam in a 2017 photo

Bobby Krima, 21 (right) with his younger brother Sam (left).  The couple attended Lincoln Elementary School, and from 2008 to 2014, they attended the LEAP after-school program.  According to the coaches who taught them, they were usually the last kids

Sam, Lynette and Bobby.  The staff said Bobby and Sam were

Bobby Krima, 21 (right) with his younger brother Sam (left). The couple attended Lincoln Elementary School, and from 2008 to 2014, they attended the LEAP after-school program. According to the coaches who taught them, they were usually the last kids

Chris Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office revealed the previous incidents at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

In the April 2019 incident, “a person contacted the Highland Park department a week after learning that he had attempted suicide.” This was a late report.

“They responded to the residence, spoke to him, his parents, and the matter was resolved within the mental health profession. No action was taken by law enforcement agencies.

“In September 2019, one family remembers him saying he was going to ‘kill everyone’ and that he had a collection of knives. They responded and took 16 knives and a dagger from his home.

“There was no probable cause for the arrest and no complaints from the victims. They notified the Illinois State Police.”

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