The Highland Park, Illinois shooting suspect entered a synagogue during Passover this past April, just blocks away from where he allegedly committed the massacre.
According to Rabbi Yosef Schanowitz of the North Suburban Lubavitch Chabad, Crimo seemed “out of place” at the synagogue, and left without incident.
“He entered wearing a yarmulke yet seemed out of place. Upon arriving, he was greeted by our security team, which includes off-duty police officers, and licensed and trained congregants, who observed him throughout,” said Schanowitz in a post on Tuesday. “A short while later he departed without incident.”
He told Israel National News that he had to ask Crime to leave the synagogue.
“We have an armed security guard sitting in front,” Rabbi Schanowitz told Israel National News, according to Anash.org. “I approached him and sternly asked him to leave as I noticed he was not a member of our community.”
The Rabbi said that he was told by authorities not to discuss the incident.
“To the shock and horror of the entire country evil was unleashed on our beloved community, and the celebration of America’s freedom quickly turned into tragedy,” he wrote on Tuesday.
“There is reason to think that the attack was directed against Jews due to the prominent Jewish presence in the area.” Rabbi Schanowitz said.
Anash reports: “Two members of the Jewish community were reported among the fatalities. Jackie Sundheim, a preschool teacher at Congregation Israel in nearby Glencoe was killed in the attack.“
The Times of Israel reports: “Israel’s Foreign Ministry said it had received information about Jewish casualties. Highland Park is an affluent suburb roughly 25 miles north of downtown Chicago. At least one-third of its 30,000 residents are Jewish and many are Israeli.”
Crimo is accused of killing seven and injuring 30 with a “high-powered rifle.” He was arrested eight hours after the shooting. He evaded arrest and apparently wore women’s clothing in an attempt to conceal himself and hide his face tattoos.