CHICAGO, IL-(Radio Effingham)-In September 2019, ISP received a clear and present danger report on the subject from the Highland Park Police Department.

The report was related to threats the subject had made against his family.

No arrests were made in the September 2019 incident and no one, including the family, was willing to follow up on a complaint and subsequently provided information about threats or health mental health that would have allowed law enforcement to take further action.

In addition, no firearms prohibition order has been filed, nor any protective order.

At the time of the September 2019 incident, the subject did not have a FOID card to revoke or a pending FOID request to deny.

With that decision made, the Illinois State Police’s involvement in the case was concluded.

Then, in December 2019, at the age of 19, the individual applied for a FOID card.

The subject was under the age of 21 and the application was sponsored by the subject’s father.

Therefore, at the time of the review of the FOID request in January 2020, there was insufficient basis to establish a clear and present danger and deny the FOID request.

As part of our ongoing investigation into the shooting in Highland Park on July 4, 2022, Illinois State Police (ISP) have reviewed the criminal history of the person charged with the crime.

The individual has passed four background checks when purchasing firearms, through the Firearms Transaction Investigation Program (FTIP), which includes the Federal Nationwide Instant Verification System criminal history (NICS):

  • June 9, 2020
  • July 18, 2020
  • July 31, 2020
  • September 20, 2021

The only offense included in the individual’s criminal history was a violation of a prescription in January 2016 for possession of tobacco.

PSI does not have any mental health ban reports submitted by health facilities or staff.

The September 2019 Clear and Present Danger Report by the Highland Park Police Department was written in response to threats allegedly made against the family, but the report states when police attended the home and asked the individual if he wanted to harm himself or others, he replied no.

More importantly, the father claimed that the knives were his and that they were stored in the individual’s closet in a safe place.

Based on this information, Highland Park Police returned the knives to the father later that afternoon.

ISP will continue to provide as much information as possible in an effort to be fully transparent.

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