BREAKING: 6 dead, dozens injured at July 4th parade shooting in Chicago suburb
Multiple people were shot at the July 4th parade in Chicago suburb Highland Park, Illinois. The shooting erupted approximately 10 minutes after the parade started. According to authorities, at least six are dead, and 31 are hospitalized.
The suspect is a “young white male” with long black hair, police said. The firearm has been recovered on the scene but manhunt is still underway and local residents are advised to remain indoors.
Witnesses say they heard about 20 to 30 gunshots, in two consecutive spurts of gunfire. According to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Chris Covelli, the shooting appears “completely random” at this time.
An active investigation still continues. The parade route in downtown Highland Park and the central business district remains an active crime scene; and authorities recommend individuals living in this area to continue to shelter in place.
“This area entails Green Bay Road to Laurel, to St. Johns to Elm Place. The investigation and most law enforcement personnel are focused on this area. Individuals outside of this area no longer need to shelter in place, however, we urge everyone to remain vigilant and immediately report suspicious behavior,” the most recent city press release states.
Highland Park police are collaborating with the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, the FBI, Illinois State Police, County and local law enforcement agencies throughout our area. The Lake County Coroner is also on the scene assisting with the investigation. No one is in custody at this time.
Individuals with knowledge of the incident, persons of interest, including photo or video evidence from the scene are encouraged to share them with the FBI by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI.
This is a developing story, check back for updates.