At least six people were killed in a mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade in the affluent community of Highland Park, Illinois, just 20 miles north of Chicago, according to local officials
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the parade began on Monday around 10 a.m. but it was suddenly halted 10 minutes later after shots were fired. Police are looking for a white man between the ages of 18-20, with longish dark hair, a white or blue-colored top, and a slight build.
Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli said at a news conference that the gunman opened fire on parade-goers from a rooftop using a “high-powered rifle” that was recovered at the scene. He didn’t know which building, according to WGN News.
Police have not released any details about the victims or wounded.
One witness, Miles Zaremski, told CNN said he heard what he believed to be 20-25 gunshots. He said it was an AR-15-style weapon and saw at least one person bloodied and on the ground. “I was sickened,” said Zaremski.
“On a day that we came together to celebrate community and freedom, we are instead mourning the tragic loss of life and struggling with the terror that was brought upon us,” Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering said.
Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) was scheduled to walk in the parade and confirmed the shooting in a post on Twitter and the apparent loss of life.
“My campaign team and I were gathering at the start of the parade when the shooting started. My team and I are safe and secure,” he said.