The Chicago Sun-Times reports that five people were killed and sixteen more were hospitalized from a rooftop sniper attack on the Fourth of July parade in the northern Illinois Chicago suburb of Highland Park.
Five people were killed and 16 others wounded when a gunman started shooting 10 minutes after the Highland Park Fourth of July parade kicked off Monday morning, authorities said.
Shortly after noon (CDT), the Highland Park police said it remained an “active incident” and urged people to stay away.
A Chicago Sun-Times reporter saw blankets covering three bloodied bodies and five other people wounded and bloodied near the parade’s reviewing stand.
Several witnesses said they heard multiple shots fired. One witness said he counted more than 20 shots.
WMAQ-TV also reported the devastating casualties:
At least five people were killed and 16 were hurt Monday morning in a shooting at Highland Park’s Independence Day parade, officials confirmed, urging residents to continue to “shelter in place” as the gunman remains at large.
The shooting happened just after 10 a.m. in downtown Highland Park, according to reports. A large police presence from the state and neighboring suburban Chicago departments was seen along the parade route.
Five people were killed and 16 injured in a Highland Park shooting at a Fourth of July parade Monday in what law enforcement officials are calling an active shooter situation, officials said.
The shooter was reported to still be active just after noon.
Sources said the person could be shooting from atop a high building.
Highland Park, Illinois was the setting of several popular youth/family films in the 1980s and early 90s, including Home Alone, Risky Business, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Uncle Buck, according to IMBD.
State Senator Julie Morrison (D), who represents Highland Park as at the parade and spoke to CBS News about the attack:
Senator Julie Morrison was at the 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois where police is currently responding to a shooting.
“It was like something you see in a movie …This community now is going to go on the map like Uvalde and so many other communities.” pic.twitter.com/iN2NKl2Mer
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 4, 2022