At least people were killed and 24 hospitalized in shooting during July 4 parade in suburban Chicago, police say

Video above: Witness describes shooting during 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois At least six people died and 24 were injured after a shooting during a 4th of July parade in a suburb of Chicago , police said. after it began at 10 a.m., Highland Park Police said in a statement that five people had been killed and 19 people had been taken to hospital. It was unclear whether the five dead were among the 19 hospitalized. Police said authorities are still looking for the suspect and classed it as an active incident. Hundreds of parade goers – some visibly bloodied – fled the parade route, leaving behind chairs, strollers and blankets. A Sun-Times reporter saw blankets placed over three bloodied bodies. It’s not safe to be here. yelling. A photo posted to social media appeared to show pools of blood near overturned chairs in downtown Highland Park. Gina Troiani and her son were lined up with her daycare class ready to march down the parade route when she heard a loud noise she thought was fireworks – until she heard people screaming about a shooter. “We’re starting to run in the opposite direction,” she told The Associated Press. Her son, 5, rode his bicycle decorated with red and blue curly ribbons. He and other children in the group held small American flags. The city said on its website that the festivities were to include a parade of bicycles and children’s animals. Troiani said she pushed her son’s bike, driving through the neighborhood to get back to their car. the children are visibly startled by the loud noise, then rush to the side of the road as a siren blares nearby. It was just kind of a chaos,” she said. “There were people who were separated from their families, looking for them. Others just dropped their carts, grabbed their kids and started running. The ISP said in an email it was helping respond to a reported active shooter around 10:24 a.m. Debbie Glickman, a resident of Highland Park, said she was on a parade float with co-workers and that the group was ready to turn onto the main road. when she saw people running away from 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 a mass chaos there. She heard no noise and saw no one who appeared to be hurt. “I’m so freaked out,” she said. “It’s so sad.” The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter that it was assisting Highland Park Police “with a shootout in the Independence Day Parade route area.” The sheriff’s office ordered an AP reporter to contact Highland Park Police. The police department said no one was immediately available to discuss the incident. City leaders said on Twitter that “police are responding to an incident in downtown Highland Park. The fourth festival 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 will include floats, marching bands, novelty bands, community entries and other special entertainment. A children’s bike and animal parade was also scheduled to start 30 minutes before the main parade.

Video above: A witness describes gunfire during the July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois

At least six people have died and 19 have been taken to hospital after a shooting during a July 4 parade in a Chicago suburb, police said.

The shooting in Highland Park disrupted the annual parade just after it started at 10 a.m.

Highland Park Police said in a statement that five people were killed and 19 people were taken to hospital. It was unclear whether the five dead were among the 19 hospitalized.

Police said authorities are still looking for the suspect and classed it as an active incident.

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

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

The police said to people, “Everyone pay, please. It’s not safe to be here.

Video shot by a Sun-Times reporter after the gunfire broke out shows a band on a tank continuing to play as people scream past. A photo posted to social media appeared to show pools of blood near overturned chairs in downtown Highland Park.

Jim Vondruska

Chairs and blankets lie abandoned after a shooting during a 4th of July parade on July 4, 2022 in Highland Park, Illinois.

Gina Troiani and her son were lined up with her daycare class ready to march down the parade route when she heard a loud noise she thought was fireworks – until she heard people screaming about a shooter.

“We just start running in the opposite direction,” she told The Associated Press.

Her son, 5, was riding his bicycle decorated with red and blue curly ribbons. He and other children in the group held small American flags. The city said on its website that the festivities were to include a parade of bicycles and children’s animals.

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

First responders work the scene of a shooting at a Fourth of July parade on July 4, 2022, in Highland Park , Illinois.

Jim Vondruska

First responders work at the scene of a shooting during a 4th of July parade on July 4, 2022 in Highland Park, Illinois.

In a video Troiani shot on his phone, some of the children are visibly startled by the loud noise, then rush to the side of the road as a siren wails nearby.

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

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said in a tweet that he was “closely monitoring the situation in Highland Park” and that Illinois State Police were assisting. The ISP said in an email it was helping to respond to an active shooter reported around 10:24 a.m.

Highland Park resident Debbie Glickman said she was on a parade float with colleagues and the group was ready to turn onto the main road when she saw people fleeing 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 a mass chaos there.

She heard no noise and saw no one who appeared injured.

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

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter that it was assisting Highland Park Police “with a shootout in the Independence Day Parade route area.” The sheriff’s office ordered an AP reporter to contact Highland Park Police. The police department said no one was immediately available to discuss the incident.

City leaders said on Twitter that “police are responding to an incident in downtown Highland Park. The fourth festival 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 will include floats, marching bands, novelty bands, community entries and other special entertainment. A children’s bike and animal parade was also scheduled to start 30 minutes before the main parade.

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