Shots were fired at a parade on Independence Day. (iStock)
- A shooter opened fire along the road to an Independence Day parade in Illinois, killing six people and injuring 24 others.
- Highland Park announced that all of the festivities on July 4 have been canceled as a result of the shooting.
- Firearms cause approximately 40,000 deaths a year in the United States, including suicide, according to the Gun Violence Archive website.
A shooter opened fire along the path to an Independence Day parade in the U.S. state of Illinois on Monday, officials said.
Six people were killed and at least two dozen were injured when an apparently armed man on the roof opened fire in the affluent Chicago suburb of Highland Park, officials said, sending panicked spectators fleeing the scene.
Police were looking for a white man believed to be between 18 and 20 years old and were asking the public for tips to help find him. Police said initial reports suggested he was shooting from a roof.
“Our community was terrorized by an act of violence that has shaken us to our core. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims in this devastating time,” Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering told the news conference.
A rifle was found at the scene.
“Law enforcement is looking for the suspect; evidence of a firearm has been found,” the city of Highland Park reported on its website.
“Numerous law enforcement officers are responding and have secured a perimeter around downtown Highland Park.”
“Illinois State Police are currently assisting Highland Park PD with an active shooting situation that took place at Highland Park Parade,” the Midwestern state police force tweeted.
A spokesman for the hospital said there were 31 injured. Staff at NorthShore Highland Park Hospital in Highland Park treated 26 people and five were transported to NorthShore Evanston Hospital, spokesman Jim Anthony said.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office, which is in charge of the area that includes Highland Park, the city near Chicago where the shooting took place, also said it helped with “a shooting in the area of the Independence Day parade route.”
“The vast majority got gunshot wounds. The remaining people sustained injuries as a result of chaos at the parade,” Anthony said.
The sheriff’s office did not say if the parade had reached that point on the route when the shots started, but the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the shooting began about 10 minutes after the parade did.
Highland Park announced that all 4th of July festivities had been canceled as a result.
U.S. Representative Brad Schneider, who was at the event, said on Twitter that “a shooter struck in Highland Park during the Independence Day parade.”
“To hear of the loss of human life and other wounded. My condolences to the family and my loved ones; my prayers for the wounded and for my community,” he wrote, adding, “Enough is enough!”
Firearms cause approximately 40,000 deaths a year in the United States, including suicide, according to the Gun Violence Archive website.
The debate over gun control – a deeply divisive issue in the country – was revived by two massacres in May in which 10 black supermarket buyers were shot down in upstate New York and 21 people, mostly young children, killed at a primary school in Texas.
Congress passed the first significant bill on gun safety in decades in the wake of these killings. President Joe Biden signed it into law in late June, saying that even if it does not live up to what is really needed, it will still save lives.
Additional reporting from Reuters.
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