Six dead, 24 wounded in mass shooting at Highland Park, Illinois during Fourth of July parade
As of 1:00 PM Central Time, police in Highland Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, report that six people are dead and another 24 are wounded following a mass shooting event that took place during a Fourth of July parade. The shooter has not yet been apprehended, but the murders were reportedly the act of a single individual firing from a rooftop into the crowd below. Initial descriptions are of a young white man with dark hair wearing a T-shirt, but even this description isn’t certain to be of the actual shooter. The weapon used was a semiautomatic rifle, though the specific type is yet to be identified.
In a press briefing, local police said they have no indication that the shooter is barricaded anywhere, or that he has taken any hostages. Though police have taken measures in an attempt to isolate the area, and a police helicopter was in the air shortly after the shootings, it’s unclear if the shooter is still present in the Highland Park area.
The parade route included a number of police on hand, but the shooter was operating from a distance and apparently fled the area before any officers could identify or detail him. Police on the scene report hearing two groups of shots—each containing about 15 shots in rapid succession.