The Highland Park Suspect’s Mother Was Reportedly Caught In Furious Encounter With SWAT Just Hours After Independence Day Massacre

This is INSANE.

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According to new video footage obtained and reported on by CBS News, the mother of 21-year-old Robert “Bobby” Crimo —the suspected shooter who opened fire on a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday — can be seen engaged in a tense, angry encounter with a SWAT team just mere hours after her son allegedly claimed the lives of 7 people and injured dozens more.

The video footage reportedly shows Bobby’s mother, Denise Pesina, shouting, screaming, and making wild hand gestures at law enforcement officials in McDaniels Avenue, Highland Park, on Monday, as authorities conducted a massive manhunt for her gunman son.

CBS News notes that it is unclear what the angry confrontation between Pesina and the SWAT team was about, but the report reveals that the gunman’s mother had been in contact with police over the course of several hours following the Independence Day parade mass shooting.

The reporting has also revealed that a business owned by Pesina had a mailbox at a UPS Store that is actually located just a handful of blocks away from where her son allegedly opened fire on Monday. In the aftermath of the shooting, according to CBS News, authorities have sealed off the UPS store and nobody has been allowed to enter the building since Monday.

On Tuesday, the first time Bobby’s mother had been seen since the direct aftermath of the shooting on Monday, Pesina can be seen in video footage screaming at reporters to “get off my property” as she left the family home.

Both Pesina and the highland Park suspect’s father, Bob Crimo Sr., have since retained high-profile Chicago attorney Steve Greenberg, who says his clients have been unfairly targeted and blamed for their son acquiring the high-powered rifle that was used in Monday’s mass murder.

“The ‘system’ is trying to make this about parenting,” Greenberg said. “The bigger question, that must be answered and resolved, is why are military grade assault weapons available for anyone to purchase?”

The attorney did not respond o requests for comments.

You can watch the clip of Pesina’s altercation with the SWAT team from CBS News here.

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