At least 6 people were killed in a shooting at an Illinois Fourth of July parade.
According to officials, a shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, claimed the lives of six people. Police Commander Chris O’Neil revealed to reporters at a press conference that two dozen persons had been brought to local hospitals.
The culprit is being sought for by the police. He has not been identified, according to police, who characterized him as a White male between the ages of 18 and 20, with longer black hair, a petite physique, and a T-shirt in either white or blue. According to the police, he should be treated as dangerous and armed.
According to investigators, a gun was found at the scene, and it appeared the shooter was firing from a roof.
A little after 10 a.m. local time, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois State Police arrived at the scene of the shooting in the Chicago suburb. Numerous police departments and ambulances descended upon the area, some of the cops armed with weapons. People were seen being loaded into ambulances in video taken on the spot.
Elyssa Kaufman, a digital producer for CBS Chicago, heard what she believed to be gunshots while watching the parade with her family.
Everyone was yelling, hiding, and running, according to Kaufman. “It was very frightening. It was absolutely scary. We are quite lucky because we left so swiftly.”
As many as 20 rounds were fired, several witnesses claimed, according to CBS Chicago.
The remainder of the event has been postponed, according to Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, and numerous nearby villages have also called off their parades.
At a news conference after the massacre, Rotering said, “On a day that we came together to celebrate community and freedom, we’re instead mourning the loss, the awful loss of life, and suffering with the fear that was inflicted upon us.”
More details coming soon.
Credit: CBS News