At least six people have been killed and several more were injured in a shooting at a Fourth of July parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park on Monday.
According to the details, a gunman began firing from the roof of a retail store into the Fourth of July parade below just minutes after the celebrations began.
“At this time, two dozen people have been transported to Highland Park Hospital.” Commander Chris O’Neil of the city’s police told media. “Six are confirmed deceased.” he added.
The suspected shooter has been described as a white male aged 18-20 with long black hair. “All individuals are still urged to shelter in place at this time,” O’Neil said.
Meanwhile, the city Highland Park announced that all Fourth of July festivities had been canceled as a result of the violence as did nearby town of Evanston.
The shooting comes while gun violence is still fresh on the minds of many Americans after the massacre on May 24 that killed 19 school children and two teachers in Texas.
Furthermore, the Fourth of July parade shooting in Chicago is now trending on social media with videos showing the panic as participants started fleeing the scene as shots were fired in the streets of Highland Park.
The moment the crowd realized there had been mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, at their fourth of July parade. Unfortunately there's nothing more American than this tragedy. pic.twitter.com/beXt9uYP3F— Read Wobblies and Zapatistas (@JoshuaPotash) July 4, 2022