At least six people were killed and 24 others injured in a July 4 parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, and police are searching for suspects who may have shot at the festival from the roof, police said Monday.
Highland Park Police Chief Chris O’Neill, the scene’s chief of staff, urged people to take refuge when authorities search for the suspect, who is described as a white man in a white or blue T-shirt.
Christopher Covelli, a spokesman for the Major County Crime Task Force in Lake County, told a news conference that the gunman had apparently fired at a parade visitor from the roof with a rifle found at the scene. He did not know what construction.
Covelli said police believed there was only one shooter and warned that he should still be considered armed and dangerous.
Police have not provided any information on the victims or injured.
The parade began at 10 a.m. but was abruptly stopped about 10 minutes later after a shot was fired. Hundreds of parade guests – some apparently bloody – fled the parade route, leaving behind chairs, prams, cool toys, bicycles and blankets.
Police said to people: “Everyone is dispersed, please. It’s not safe to be here.”
Highland Park police said in a statement early Monday afternoon that five people had been killed and 19 people taken to hospital. These figures were revised shortly afterwards at the press conference.
Video taken by a Chicago Sun-Times a reporter after a shooting shows a band floating continue to play as people ran screaming past.
Gina Troiani and her son were in line with his daycare bench ready to enter the parade ground when she heard a loud noise that she thought was fireworks – until she heard people screaming about a shooter.
“We are just starting to run in the opposite direction,” she told the Associated Press.
Her 5 year old son rode on his bike decorated with red and blue curly ribbons. He and other children in the group waved small American flags. The city said on its website that the festivals should include children’s bikes and pet walks.
Troiani said she pushed her son’s bike and ran through the neighborhood to get back to their car.
In a video taken by Troiani on his phone, some of the kids are visibly scared of the noise and crawl out to the side of the road when the siren sounded nearby.
It was just such a mess, “she said.” There were people who broke up with their families and looked for them.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker tweeted that he “closely monitors the situation in Highland Park” and that Illinois law enforcement is assisting.
Debbie Glickman, a resident of Highland Park, said she was in a parade with co-workers and the group was preparing to turn onto the main road when she saw people running from the area.
“People started saying, ‘It’s a shooter. It’s a shooter. “He’s a shooter,” Glickman told the Associated Press. “So, we just ran. We just ran. It’s like mass chaos down there.”
She did not hear a sound or see anyone who appeared injured.
“I’m so crazy,” she said. “It’s just so sad.”
Six dead, 24 wounded in shooting in Chicago-Area July 4 parade
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