Photos: Deadly shooting during 4th of July parade in suburban Chicago


At least six people have died and 24 have been injured in a shooting during a July 4 parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, and officers are searching for the shooter, who likely fired into the festivities from a rooftop , police said on Monday.

Highland Park Police Commander Chris O’Neill, the incident commander at the scene, urged people to shelter in place while authorities search for the shooter.

“This morning at 10:14 a.m. our community was terrorized by an act of violence that has shaken us to the core,” Mayor Nancy Rotering said at the press conference. “Our hearts go out to the families of the victims at this devastating time. On this day when we have come together to celebrate community and freedom, we instead mourn the tragic loss of life and fight back against the terror that has been inflicted on us.

Hundreds of parade goers – some visibly bloodied – fled the parade route after gunfire rang out, leaving their belongings behind.

From early afternoon, signs of a joyous event that suddenly turned into horror filled both sides of Central Street, where the shooting occurred. Dozens of prams, some emblazoned with American flags, abandoned children’s bicycles, a helmet adorned with images of Cinderella were abandoned in their haste. Blankets, lawn chairs, coffees and water bottles were knocked over as people fled.

First responders work at the scene of a shooting during a 4th of July parade on July 4, 2022 in Highland Park, Illinois. Reports say at least five people were killed and 19 injured in the mass shooting.

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Police and vehicles fill a street.

Police search downtown Highland Park, Illinois after the shooting.

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Law enforcement officers conduct a search after a mass shooting during the Highland Park 4th of July Parade

Law enforcement officers conduct a search after a mass shooting during the Highland Park 4th of July Parade

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A person stands near a pool of blood on the sidewalk.

Blood is pooled on the ground in Port Clinton Square in Highland Park.

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Empty chairs are seen on the street after a mass shooting at the Highland Park 4th of July Parade

Empty chairs are seen on the street after a mass shooting during the Highland Park July 4 parade in downtown Highland Park, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, Monday, July 4, 2022.

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Police search a downtown street near a row of overturned camp chairs

Police are looking for the shooter in downtown Highland Park.

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A police officer raises the yellow warning tape to let a police vehicle pass.

First responders are working at the scene of the shooting on Monday.

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Empty chairs and strollers lie abandoned along the parade route.

Personal effects left behind by protesters who fled the course when the shooting began.

(Tyler Pasciak LaRivière/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

A few people stand on a sidewalk among a jumble of empty chairs, strollers and scooters.

People check their belongings left along the parade route after the shooting.

(Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press)

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