The perpetrator is still at large after a mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park.

July 4, 2022By fanu benks

Police are looking for a suspect who may have fired on the celebrations from a rooftop after a shooting at a July Fourth parade in the Chicago neighborhood of Highland Park left at least six people dead and 24 injured, they said on Monday.

Chris O'Neill, the incident commander from Highland Park Police, advised residents to remain indoors as police searched for the offender, who is said to be white and wearing a white or blue T-shirt.

Speaking at a press conference on behalf of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, Christopher Covelli revealed that the shooter appeared to have fired on parade spectators from a rooftop using a firearm that had been found there. He was unsure about which structure.
Police, according to Covelli, believe there was only one shooter, and he should still be treated as dangerous and armed. The shooting was described as random by him and O'Neill.

Police have not provided any information regarding the victims or injured.
Our neighborhood was traumatized by a violent act this morning at 10:14, which has rocked us to our very core, Mayor Nancy Rotering remarked at the press conference.

"At this terrible moment, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. Instead of celebrating community and freedom on a day when we all gathered together, we are lamenting the unfortunate deaths and coping with the fear that was inflicted upon us.
"There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a throng of families with children spending a holiday with their community," stated Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker in a statement.

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After gunfire broke out, hundreds of parade attendees left the procession path, some of them were clearly bloodied, leaving their possessions behind. A Sun-Times reporter captured video of the scene after shots were fired, showing a band on a float playing while onlookers fled past shouting.
"There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a throng of families with children spending a holiday with their community," stated Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker in a statement.

After gunfire broke out, hundreds of parade attendees left the procession path, some of them were clearly bloodied, leaving their possessions behind. A Sun-Times reporter captured video of the scene after shots were fired, showing a band on a float playing while onlookers fled past shouting.
By early afternoon, Central Street, where the shooting took place, was lined on both sides with foreboding evidence of a happy occasion that had abruptly turned into horror.
Numerous baby carriages, some of which were decorated with American flags, as well as abandoned kids' bikes and a helmet decorated with Cinderella pictures, were also left behind. As everyone ran away, blankets, lawn chairs, coffee cups, and water bottles were knocked over.

Police kept pouring into the area, some wearing camouflage gear.

Early Monday afternoon, Highland Park police reported in a statement that five individuals had died and 19 had been brought to hospitals; however, those figures were later changed at a press conference.
Witnesses spoke of "chaos"


Gina Troiani and her kid were waiting in line to enter the parade route with his daycare class when she heard a loud noise that she initially mistook for fireworks until she heard shouts of a gunman.

According to her, "we just start running in the opposite way."

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Her five-year-old boy was pedaling a bicycle with coiled red and blue ribbons. He and the other kids in the group were waving miniature American flags. A kids' bike and pet parade was one of the events, according to the city's website.
Troiani claimed that in order to return to their car, she pushed her son's bike while rushing through the neighborhood.

A siren can be heard nearby as some of the children run to the side of the road in a video that Troiani captured on her phone. The children appear terrified by the loud noise.

She described it as "just sort of mayhem." "There were people searching for their family after becoming separated from them. Others simply threw down their carts, grabbed their children, and fled."

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