At least five people are reported dead and multiple others injured in a mass shooting at a July 4 parade in Illinois with the gunman still at large.
Gunfire erupted at the parade in Highland Park, near Chicago, about 10 minutes after the parade kicked off at 10am Monday. The city later confirmed five victims were killed and at least 16 others hospitalized.
As of 12.45pm local time the incident is still labeled an active shooter situation. A suspect has not yet been identified or apprehended.
Witnesses speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times told reporters they heard multiple shots, some counting as many as 20. The shots reportedly from the roof of a nearby store.
Debbie Glickman, a Highland Park resident, told the Associated Press that she was riding a parade float when she saw people running away from the area.
“People started saying ‘There’s a shooter, there’s a shooter, there a shooter,’” she said. “So we just ran. We just ran. It’s like mass chaos down there.”
Police in the area were encouraging attendees to flee, saying “it’s not safe to be here.”
City officials confirm five deaths
Highland Park officials released a statement confirming five fatalities and 16 people hospitalized.
“Highland Park Police are responding to an active shooter incident that occurred in downtown Highland Park during the 4th of July parade,” the statement read.
“This is an active incident. All individuals are advised to shelter in place. Law enforcement agencies are searching for the suspect; evidence of a firearm has been recovered.
“Numerous law enforcement officers are responding and have secured a perimeter around downtown Highland Park. 16 people have been transferred to the hospital; 5 individuals are confirmed deceased.”
Megan Sheets4 July 2022 18:42
At least two people killed in shooting, says report
At least two people have been killed in the mass shooting, according to police sources.
The law enforcement sources told WGN9 that two victims died in the attack and multiple others were injured when the gunman opened fire on the Fourth of July parade in Highland Park at around 10.10am.
Officials have not publicly confirmed the numbers of fatalities or injuries.
Rachel Sharp4 July 2022 18:14
Shooting remains ‘active’
The shooting is still “active” more than an hour after it first unfolded, with members of the public urged to stay away from the area.
Illinois State Police tweeted at around 11.20am local time: “The Illinois State Police is currently assisting Highland Park PD with an active shoot situation that occurred at the Highland Park Parade.
“The public is advised to avoid the area of Central Ave and 2nd St. in Highland Park.”
Rachel Sharp4 July 2022 18:09
Illinois lawmaker says he’s heard of ‘loss of life’ in Fourth of July parade shooting
Illinois Representative Brad Schneider said he was aware of the shooting and suggested he had heard about “loss of life” at the event.
No casualties have been confirmed as of this time.
“Hearing of loss of life and others injured. My condolences to the family and loved ones; my prayers for the injured and for my community; and my commitment to do everything I can to make our children, our towns, our nation safer. Enough is enough!” he said.
Graig Graziosi4 July 2022 18:02
Shooter fired from a rooftop near the parade route
A shooter who fired on a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, reportedly fired from the roof of a nearby business, WGN reports.
Witnesses speaking to the outlet said the shooter was on the roof of an outdoor outfitter called Uncle Dan’s and fired five or six rounds before firing another five or six rounds into the crowd.
The shooter is still at large.
Graig Graziosi4 July 2022 17:50
‘Multiple’ people shot at Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois
‘Multiple’ people have been shot at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, a suburb just outside Chicago.
Chicago Sun-Times reporters on scene said multiple people were bloodied and fleeing then area, and at least three bloodied bodies had been covered by a sheet.
It is unclear how many people are wounded and there is no word yet on fatalities.
Rachel Sharp has more at The Independent below:
Graig Graziosi4 July 2022 17:46