Chicago: police responding to shooting at Fourth of July parade, officials say, multiple people shot

Parade began around 10am local time but was halted 10 minutes later after shots were fired.


Police are responding to a shooting at a Fourth of July parade in a Chicago suburb, authorities said Monday. Six people were killed and possibly more than two dozen others wounded when a gunman started shooting 10 minutes after the Highland Park Fourth of July parade kicked off Monday morning, authorities said.

Multiple people were shot. A Chicago Sun-Times reporter saw blankets covering three bloodied bodies and five other people wounded and bloodied near the parade’s reviewing stand.

Crowd flees during shooting at 4th of July parade

Lori E. Lightfoot: “The tragedy unfolding in Highland Park is devastating. I have been in contact with Mayor Rotering and have offered our support, and the Chicago Police Department is providing assistance. We grieve with the families of the deceased and injured as well as the entire Highland Park community. Law enforcement is working hard to bring the shooter into custody. If anyone has information, we encourage them to call 911 and report what you know.” said


-Highland Park, IL PD responds to an active shooter situation at their Fourth of July parade.
-Sources say multiple people shot
-Sources say the person could’ve been shooting from the top of a high building
– Highland Park is about an hour south of Milwaukee

The downtown parade was disrupted around 10:10 a.m. Monday after shots were fired. Witnesses reported seeing heavy police presence and fire vehicles. Some witnesses told WGN they saw multiple people running from the parade.

Hundreds of paradegoers – some visibly bloodied – fled the parade route, leaving behind chairs, baby strollers and blankets.

A Sun-Times reporter saw blankets placed over three bloodied bodies.

Police told people: “Everybody disburse, please. It is not safe to be here.”

Debbie Glickman, a Highland Park resident, said she was on a parade float with coworkers and the group was prepared to turn on to the main route when she saw people running away from the area.

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

She didn’t hear any noises or see anyone who appeared to be injured.

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

The Lake county sheriff’s office said on Twitter that it is assisting Highland Park police “with a shooting in the area of the Independence Day parade route”.

City leaders said on Twitter: “Police are responding to an incident in downtown Highland Park. Fourth Fest has been canceled. Please avoid downtown Highland Park. More information will be shared as it becomes available.”

The city said on its website that the parade would feature floats, marching bands, novelty groups, community entries and other special entertainment. A children’s bike and pet parade also was scheduled to start 30 minutes before the main parade.

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