At least 6 dead, 24 injured after shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, 4th of July parade

Police launched a massive manhunt on Monday for a rooftop shooter after at least six people were killed and 24 others injured in a 4th of July parade in an affluent Chicago suburb, authorities said.

A high-powered rifle was found and police are looking for a gunman, described as an 18-20 year old white male with long dark hair, who opened fire at approximately 10:14 a.m. CDT, the police commander of Highland Park Chris O’Neill told reporters.

Police do not believe the shooter is hidden nearby and should be considered armed and dangerous, officials said.

The Town of Highland Park confirmed there was “an active shooter incident” and urged all “individuals to take shelter in place”.

Police were seen searching rooftops around Central Avenue near Green Bay Road and Second Street following gunshots.

“It looks like he was shooting from a rooftop,” Lake County SheriffDeputy Chief Christopher Covelli told reporters.

Law enforcement is raiding downtown Highland Park, Illinois after a mass shooting during the Highland Park July 4 parade on Monday.Nam Y. Huh/AP
First responders work at the scene of a shooting during a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
First responders work at the scene of a shooting during a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois on Monday.Jim Vondruska/Getty Images

The parade included dozens of police and firefighters. Shortly after gunfire rang out, officers moved towards the elevated sniper, causing him to stop and flee.

“He was inconspicuous and very hard to see,” Covelli said.

In the aftermath of Monday’s shooting, discarded camping chairs, backpacks and other belongings littered the parade route, left behind by people who had come to celebrate the Fourth of July before fleeing for their lives.

The gunshots terrorized residents of the affluent Chicago suburb of 30,000, where the median home is valued at $535,000 and more than 75% of people 25 and older have college degrees, according to US census data.

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering thanked police for their quick response.

“Our community was terrorized by an act of violence that shook us to the core,” she said.

Illinois State Police also responded to the scene, ‘assisting Highland Park PD in an active shooting situation’, according to a statement the agency tweeted.

The Chicago Police Department sent a helicopter and other officers in the manhunt, officials said.

4th of July Events in Other Chicago Suburbs – EvanstonDeerfield and Skokie – were canceled following the Highland Park shooting.

“There are a lot of communities that aren’t looking forward to celebrating after something like this has happened in their backyard,” Covelli said.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker was at this planned event in Evanston when the Highland Park shooting unfolded.

“There are no words for the kind of monster that stalks and shoots crowds of families and children celebrating holidays with their community,” Pritzker said. said in a press release.

“I will stand firm with Illinois and Americans: We must – and we will – end this scourge of gun violence.”

US Representative Brad Schneider was at the Highland Park event when shots rang out.

“My campaign team and I were gathered at the start of the parade when filming began,” the Democrat said. the lawmaker said in a statement. “My team and I are safe.”

Witness Larry Bloom said that at first people thought the popping was part of the parade.

“You heard like a ‘pop, pop, pop’ and I think everyone thought maybe it was a display on one of the tanks and then it opened up,” he said. he declares. NBC Chicago.

“I was screaming and people were screaming,” Bloom added. “They were freaking out and they were scattering and I, you know, we didn’t know that. You know, it was right above us.”

Monday’s shootings marked the third major mass shooting in the United States since May.

Ten black people were killed in Buffalo, New York, on May 14 when a white gunman, allegedly motivated by racial hatred, opened fire at the Tops Friendly Market.

Less than two weeks after the Buffalo Massacre, 19 children and two teachers were gunned down at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, about 80 miles west of San Antonio.

The shootings prompted Congress to pass gun control legislation, and President Joe Biden signed the bill into law on June 25.

The bill, the most sweeping legislation aimed at preventing gun violence in 30 years, grants grants to states for “red flag” laws, improves background checks to include juvenile records and closes the “loophole of boyfriend” by keeping arms away from unmarried romantic partners. found guilty of abuse.

It will also require improved background checks for people aged 18 to 21 and funding for youth mental health services.

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