July 4th parade is halted in Chicago suburb Highland Park after ‘multiple people are shot’
- The parade in Highland Park, Illinois, was suddenly halted as people ran for cover
- The Chicago Sun Times reports that multiple people were ‘bloodied’ and injured
- Highland Park Police have not confirmed that it was a shooting; the local government is only confirming that an ‘incident’ took place
- Highland Park is a small, affluent town around 29 miles north of Chicago
A July 4th parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park has been halted and the streets cleared amid reports of a shooting.
The Chicago Sun Times reports that multiple people were shot and ‘bloodied’ shortly after 10am on Monday.
Highland Park Police will not confirm that shots were fired; the town has said only that there was an ‘incident’ in the area. Highland Park is 29 miles north of Chicago, but Lake Collins Sheriff’s Office, which is nearby, says it is ‘assisting with a shooting’.
It remains unclear how many people have been injured but videos from the incident show attendees running for their lives as cries of ‘gun shots! gun shots!’ ring out.
The chaos started to unfold at 10am.
The scene at Highland Park on Monday after the July 4th Parade emptied out amid reports of gunshots. Police have not yet confirmed that anyone was shot
Panicked parade goers at the scene on Monday. There were loud sounds from the crowd that some said were gunshots
The parade on Monday in Highland Park was attended by dozens of locals who sat on the sidewalk cheering as bands marched past
Within minutes, the streets had been cleared.
The City of Highland Park said in a Facebook announcement: ‘Highland Park Police are responding to an incident in downtown Highland Park.
‘Fourth Fest has been canceled. Please avoid downtown Highland Park.’
Chicago Police Department, the largest in the area, could not confirm whether or not
The Chicago Sun Times reported: ‘Multiple people were shot.
‘A reporter saw five people bloodied. A blanket was covering one person’.