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UPDATE: At Least Six Reported Dead and 24 Injured in Shooting During 4th of July Parade in Highland Park, Illinois


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Chaos erupted at a 4th of July parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois when gunshots rang out.

DEVELOPING: Shooting at 4th of July Parade in Chicago Suburb of Highland Park, Reportedly Multiple Injuries & Nearby Towns Cancel Parades (WATCH)

A young boy captured this footage the moment the gunshots were heard:

In the latest reports, at least six people were reported dead and at least two dozen injured from the chaotic scene.

The shooter reportedly remains at-large.

The shooter reportedly opened fire on the parade crowd from the roof of an “Uncle Dan’s” store.

“This appears to be completely random,” the Lake County sheriff’s office said.

The Chicago Tribune reported:

More than two dozen people were injured in a “random” mass shooting in Highland Park on Monday morning, at least six of them fatally shot, about 10 minutes into the northern suburb’s Fourth of July parade, according to police and the Lake County sheriff’s office.

The shooter had not been caught or identified as of early Monday afternoon and the area around the parade route remained an active crime scene, according to Lake County Deputy Sheriff Chris Covelli. He urged people to stay in their homes and be careful.

“This person is not identified. By all means, at this point, this appears to be completely random,” Covelli said.

Highland Park police were called to the shooting shortly after 10 a.m. when the parade began. At least 16 people had been shot, officials confirmed. However, an area hospital said it was treating at least 26 people for injuries suffered during the attack; it did not directly say that all 26 had suffered gunshot wounds. Mayor Nancy Rotering said 24 people were sent to local hospitals but again she did not confirm all 24 had been shot.

The shooter had not been located and people in the area were being advised to “shelter in place.” Highland Park police patrol Cmdr. Chris O’Neill said the shooter remained unidentified and was considered armed. A rifle was recovered from the scene.

The shooter has been described as a white man, who is approximately an 18- to 20-year-old with long black hair, last seen wearing a white or blue shirt, O’Neill said during a news conference.

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“Illinois police are looking for a White male suspect with black hair and a slim build after a gunman attacked an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, a wealthy suburb of Chicago, according to authorities. Investigators believe he is around 19 years old,” Fox News reported.

Police have recovered a rifle but said the unidentified gunman is still considered armed and dangerous.

Officials are asking residents to avoid the area as they continue to hunt for the suspect.

CBS Chicago morning news anchor Audrina Bigos stated at least 31 people are being treated at local hospitals.



 

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