TERRIFIED parade-goers shared their stories after an unidentified gunman opened fire on a Fourth of July parade on Monday.
Six people were killed in the shooting with several others injured as police work to find the shooter, who is still at large.
Parade-goers described the scene of the Highland Park Fourth of July parade as ‘Total pandemonium[/caption]
Six people died and several others were injured in the shooting[/caption]
One parade goer, who wished to remain anonymous in fear of retribution while the gunman is still on the loose said they were waiting outside for a table when the gunshots rang out.
“During the parade, It was a zoo. Total pandemonium,” they told The Sun.
They described the shooter as “monstrous-looking as this act was.”
“I was eating a Walker Brothers Pancake House,” they said. “He’s a very short, frail man. Gaunt.”
HIGHLAND PARK SHOOTING
Another person only gave his name as Dee.
“I’m scared, to be honest. That has been my work city for eight years, I walk those streets and the fact that the gunman is still at large is scary.
“I’m supposed to work tonight at a grocery store and I can’t even find the right words right now.
“I may not be able to get to work since I take the train. All trains are halted and downtown is locked down,” Dee continued.
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“My place of employment is near downtown. I’ve been in contact with my managers about my situation.”
SIX DEAD, AT LEAST TWO DOZEN INJURED
Police confirmed six deaths and approximately 24 others injured in what they called an “active shooter situation”.
Multiple police agencies responded to the scene, including the Illinois State Police, Highland PD, and Lake County Sherriff officials.
In a statement, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said, “The tragedy unfolding in Highland Park is devastating.”
“I have been in contact with Mayor Rotering and have offered our support, and the Chicago Police Department is providing assistance. We grieve with the families of the deceased and injured as well as the entire Highland Park community.
“Law enforcement is working hard to bring the shooter into custody. If anyone has information, we encourage them to call 911 and report what you know,” she added.
Illinois Rep. Bob Morgan said he was at the parade at the time and confirmed “multiple injuries”.
“For those unaware, there was a shooting at the Highland Park Parade. I am ok, but there have been multiple injuries. Please stay out of the area, stay safe, and please pray for those injured,” Morgan tweeted.
US Rep. Brad Schneider said his office is gathering information on the shooting and are in touch with the mayor.
“Today, a shooter struck in Highland Park during the Independence Day parade,” Schneider tweeted.
“Hearing of loss of life and others injured. My condolences to the family and loved ones; my prayers for the injured and for my community; and my commitment to do everything I can to make our children, our towns, our nation safer. Enough is enough!”
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Highland Park’s July 4th parade was expected to feature floats, marching bands, novelty groups, community entries and other special entertainment, the city said on its website.
Nearby suburbs have canceled their Fourth of July parades in the wake of the shooting.
The gunman still remains at large[/caption]