At least 6 dead and 24 injured after gunfire at a parade near Chicago

At least six people were killed and 24 injured in a shooting in the northern United States on Monday during an American Independence Day parade, according to local officials quoted by local media.

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The suspect, described by police as a white male between the ages of 18 and 20, is on the run and is believed to be “armed and dangerous”.

The gunman suspected of opening fire is on the run and celebrations have been suspended in Highland Park, a wealthy town north of Chicago, and several surrounding cities, according to police.


At least 6 dead and 24 injured after gunfire at a parade near Chicago

A journalist from Chicago Sun Times reported seeing three bloodied bodies under blankets and several injured, but authorities in the town of Highland Park have not yet confirmed the death toll.

According to the police in the neighboring town of Evanston, they were actively looking for a suspected shooter.


At least 6 dead and 24 injured after gunfire at a parade near Chicago

“Supporting Highland Park Police Department following Parade Road shooting,” the Lake County Sheriff’s Department tweeted.

“The 4th of July party is cancelled, please avoid central Highland Park,” the community added on their Facebook page. According to the Illinois State Police, the situation remains “ongoing.”


At least 6 dead and 24 injured after gunfire at a parade near Chicago

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker told WGN he has information on “nine affected individuals.”

The shootings sparked panic on the streets of this affluent small town on the shores of Lake Michigan, where hundreds of people had gathered for July Fourth celebrations that morning.

A witness to the shooting, Michael, interviewed by the WGN channel, reported seeing a lone gunman, armed with a rifle, “crouched on the ground advancing in a methodical, almost military manner.”

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