Wednesday, September 28, 2022

WATCH: Officials provide information after Highland Park July 4 parade shooting

HIGHLAND PARK, Illinois ( Associated Press) – At least six people have been killed and 24 injured in a shooting at a Fourth of July parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, and officers are searching for a suspect who may have been up from a rooftop shot the festivities, police said Monday.

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Chris O’Neill, commander of Highland Park Police, the incident commander at the scene, urged people to take refuge while authorities search for the suspect, who is described as a white man wearing a white or blue T-shirt wear.

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Christopher Covelli, spokesman for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, said at a news conference that the gunman allegedly opened fire on parade attendees from a roof with a rifle found at the scene. He did not know which building.

Covelli said police believe there was only one shooter and warned that he should still be considered armed and dangerous.

Police did not release any details about the victims or wounded.

The parade started around 10am, but it was abruptly stopped about 10 minutes later after shots were fired. Hundreds of parade attendees – some visibly bloodied – fled the parade route, leaving chairs, prams, soft toys, bicycles and blankets behind.

The police told people: “Everyone is falling apart, please. It is not safe to be here. ”

Highland Park police said in a statement early Monday afternoon that five people had been killed and 19 people had been taken to hospitals. but those numbers were revised at the news conference shortly thereafter.

Video shot by a Sun-Times journalist after the gunfire rang out shows a band continuing to play on a raft as people scream past.
Gina Troiani and her son were in line with his daycare class ready to step on the parade route when she heard a loud noise that she believed were fireworks – until she heard people screaming over a shooter.

“We’re 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 curled ribbons. He and other children in the group held small American flags. The city said on its website that the celebrations would include a children’s bike and pet parade.

Troiani said she pushed her son’s bike and ran through the neighborhood to get back to their car.

In a video that Troiani shot on her phone, some of the children are visibly startled by the loud noise and they scurry to the side of the road while a siren cries nearby.

It was just kind of chaos, “she said. “There were people who were separated from their families and were looking for them. Others just dropped their cars, grabbed their children and started running. “

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said in a tweet that he “closely monitors the situation in Highland Park” and that Illinois state police are helping.

Debbie Glickman, a Highland Park resident, said she was on a parade raft with colleagues and the group was preparing to turn onto the main trail when she saw people running out of the area.

“People started saying, ‘There’s a shooter, there’s a shooter, there’s a shooter,” Glickman told the Associated Press. “So we just ran. We just ran. It’s like mass chaos down there. “

She heard no noises or saw anyone apparently injured.

“I’m so terrified,” she said. “It’s just so sad.”

Associated Press reporter Kathleen Foody contributed from Chicago.

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