When shooting broke out near a Fourth of July parade in a suburb of Chicago, several people were hurt or killed, according to reports. People in the area say that just a few minutes after the celebrations started, a shooter on the roof of a store opened fire on the parade below.
People at a parade in the wealthy suburb of Highland Park ran away in fear when gunfire broke out, as seen in a video that has been shared on social media. Many families can be seen standing together on the sidewalk to watch the parade. As the scene cuts to the next frame, a voice in the distance can be heard yelling “gunshots.” The people can then be seen jumping up from the ground and running away.
On its official Facebook page, the city of Highland Park said that the celebrations were cancelled because police were dealing with a “incident” in the neighbourhood at the time. “The Highland Park Police Department is now on its way to a downtown area where something has happened. On July 4, there won’t be any parties or celebrations. Please stay away from Highland Park’s downtown. If you are in downtown HP, find a safe place to stay. As new information comes in, we’ll keep putting out what we already have.” Please read the message.
At this time, it is not known how many people have been hurt or if anyone has died because of what happened.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the shooting happened “in the general area of the Independence Day parade route.”
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