Six killed in shooting during US July 4 parade
- The shooting is a part of a trend of gun violence that is sweeping the country.
- Police continue to advise everyone to remain indoors at this time.
- The violence is denounced by Highland Park’s mayor, Nancy Rotering
HIGHLAND PARK, UNITED STATES: At least six people were killed when a shooter opened fire during a parade honoring US Independence Day in the state of Illinois, according to officials.
“At this time, two dozen people have been transported to Highland Park hospital. Six are confirmed deceased,” Commander Chris O’Neil of the city’s police told journalists.
The suspected shooter, who is still at large, has been described as a white male aged 18-20 with longer black hair, O’Neil said.
“All individuals are still urged to shelter in place at this time,” he added.
The mayor of Highland Park, which is close to Chicago, Nancy Rotering, provided the same estimate and decried the Christmas violence.
The mayor of Highland Park, which is close to Chicago, Nancy Rotering, provided the same estimate and decried the Christmas violence. She added.
According to both officials, the gunfire started at about 10:14 am (1514 GMT).
The FBI, the state police, and the local sheriff’s office are among the law enforcement organizations aiding with the response.
Both Highland Park and the adjoining city of Evanston declared that the violence had forced the cancellation of all July 4 celebrations.