A total of six people were killed and sixteen injured at a shooting at a July 4th parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois on Monday.
The affluent suburb, which is around 25 miles north of Chicago, has canceled its July 4th parade, and people have been told to avoid the area where the shooting took place on Monday.
#BREAKING: Active shooter with at least 10 victims at Highland Park #July4th parade. SWAT teams on scene. Shooter may not be in custody. Shelter in place if in the area. #ChicagoScanner @ericsiegel7 @SPOTNEWSonIG @Chicago_Scanner pic.twitter.com/xociTX52Zu
— Willie Gillespie (@wgweather) July 4, 2022
Miles Zaremski, a witness to the shooting told CNN that he heard around twenty gunshots at the parade. The Daily Mail has reported that another witness claimed to have seen the shooting standing on the roof of a store.
Highland Park shooting suspect not in custody
“It was sickening. If this can happen here it can happen anywhere. To see these people in blood on the ground…how many are dead. I don’t know. Not only were police vehicles there that lead off the parade…after it occurred, there were police there,” Zaremski stated.
Brad Schneider, the area’s Congressman, confirmed the shooting in a tweet on Monday.
Today a shooter struck in Highland Park during the Independence Day parade. My campaign team and I were gathering at the start of the parade when the shooting started. My team and I are safe and secure. We are monitoring the situation closely and in touch with the Mayor.
— Brad Schneider (@Schneider4IL10) July 4, 2022
Although police and first responders have been working at the scene, the suspect is not yet in custody.