Gunfire erupted at a Fourth of July parade route in the wealthy Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Lake County, on Monday.
As of 3.30 pm CT (10.30 pm CEST) the number of fatalities stands at six. The number of injured varies depending on the source: from at least 24 to 31.
According to NorthShore Evanston Hospital spokesperson Jim Anthony “The vast majority suffered gunshot wounds. Remaining individuals sustained injuries as a result of chaos at the parade.”
The shooter opened fire from a rooftop. A high-powered rifle was recovered at the scene. The suspect remains at large.
Law enforcement advised people to stay out of the area and remain indoors.
“We are aggressively looking for the individual responsible,” sheriff's department spokesperson Christopher Covelli told journalists. “He could be in the city; he could be somewhere else.” The Lake County Sherrif published the suspect's description on their Twitter account:
We are assisting Highland Park Police with a shooting in the area of the Independence Day parade route. STAY OUT OF THE AREA - allow law-enforcement and first responders to do their work. pic.twitter.com/PTut6CGZAe— Lake County Sheriff (@LakeCoILSheriff) July 4, 2022
“Our community was terrorized by an act of violence that has shaken us to our core,” said Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering at a press conference “Our hearts go out to the families of the victims during this devastating time.”
Today a shooter struck in Highland Park during the Independence Day parade. My campaign team and I were gathering at the start of the parade when the shooting started. My team and I are safe and secure. We are monitoring the situation closely and in touch with the Mayor.— Brad Schneider (@Schneider4IL10) July 4, 2022