Law enforcement search after a mass shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade in downtown Highland Park, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, Monday, July 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

UPDATED 2:46 PM PT – Monday, July 4, 2022

A manhunt is underway for the suspect in connection with a July 4 parade shooting in Illinois which left six people dead and dozens injured. Police said the gunman opened fire from the rooftop of a high-rise building just as the parade kicked off on Monday morning. The shooting took place in downtown Highland Park, north of Chicago.

“On a day that we came together to celebrate community and freedom we are instead mourning a tragic loss of life and struggling with the terror that was brought upon us,” voiced Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering.

The suspect is described as an 18 to 20-year-old white male with black hair. He remains at large. Authorities said the shooting appeared to be random and not targeted. Witnesses said they heard multiple shots being fired and attendees quickly fled the scene. Chairs, strollers and other belongings were left behind.

“People started saying ‘There’s a shooter, there’s a shooter, there’s a shooter,’” resident Debbie Glickman said. “So we just ran. We just ran. It’s like mass chaos down there.”

All independence day celebrations have been canceled in the city and surrounding areas. The attack is just the latest in a wave of public shootings to hit the US in recent weeks, including a mass shooting in a school in Texas and a racially motivated massacre in Buffalo, New York.

“We’re asking everybody to stay indoors,” said Lake County Sgt. Christopher Covelli. “Stay vigilant right now. This person has not been identified. All indications is he was discreet and he was very difficult to see. Investigators are quickly working to try to identify who this person is and try to figure out where he’s at.”

The FBI is assisting local law enforcement in the search for the shooter. Authorities are asking anyone with any video surveillance to contact the Highland Police Department.

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