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Shooter on store roof kills at least six and injures 24 at July 4th parade in affluent Chicago suburb Highland Park: Cops hunt ‘white gunman aged 18-20 with long hair and small build’

  • WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT 
  • Gunman described as being between 18 and 20 with long black hair, of ‘slight build’ and wearing a t-shirt
  • He used a rifle in the attack that he abandoned before going on the run; police are now hunting him 
  • The shooter opened fire on crowds at the Highland Park July 4th Parade at 10.20am on Monday morning
  • Confused residents couldn’t tell if the gunshots were fireworks or firecrackers that were part of the festivities 
  • The shooter is believed to have opened fire from the roof of a store on the parade route 
  • Videos show them running for their lives once they realized a shooter had opened fire
  • Chicago Sun Times reporter Lynn Sweet, who was in attendance, shared a photo of the ‘bloodbath’ 
  • Witnesses say lifeless bodies lay in pools of blood along the parade route
  • Highland Park is one of the most affluent suburbs in Chicago’s North Shore, and it is known for its low crime 

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Six people are dead and at least 24 are injured after a gunman opened fire at a July 4th parade in the affluent Chicago suburb of Highland Park on Monday. 

The shooter – who remains at large – is said to have opened fire from the roof of what was an outdoor outfitting store, picking off people in the crowd who at first confused the sound of gunshots with Independence Day fireworks. 

He is described as being between 18 and 20 years old, of ‘slight build’ with long black hair. He is wearing a white or a blue t-shirt and used a rifle in the attack that he abandoned before fleeing. 

Police say he was shooting from a roof along the parade route.  

The shooting began some 20 minutes after the start of the parade. Chicago Sun Times reporter Lynn Sweet was at the parade when gunfire rang out. 

She has since shared photos and videos from the event which show people lying on the ground, and has described it as a ‘bloodbath’. 

The parade on Monday in Highland Park was attended by dozens of locals who sat on the sidewalk cheering as bands marched past

The parade on Monday in Highland Park was attended by dozens of locals who sat on the sidewalk cheering as bands marched past 

The parade on Monday in Highland Park was attended by dozens of locals who sat on the sidewalk cheering as bands marched past

Panicked parade goers at the scene on Monday. There were loud sounds from the crowd that some said were gunshots

Panicked parade goers at the scene on Monday. There were loud sounds from the crowd that some said were gunshots  

The bloody scene in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday after a shooter opened fire on a Fourth of July parade shortly after 10am

The bloody scene in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday after a shooter opened fire on a Fourth of July parade shortly after 10am

Strollers and chairs were abandoned at the scene after the shots rang out at 10.14am, just ten minutes after the parade began

Strollers and chairs were abandoned at the scene after the shots rang out at 10.14am, just ten minutes after the parade began

The scene at Highland Park on Monday after the July 4th Parade emptied out amid reports of gunshots. Police have not yet confirmed that anyone was shot

The scene at Highland Park on Monday after the July 4th Parade emptied out amid reports of gunshots. Police have not yet confirmed that anyone was shot 

The aftermath of the scene in Highland Park on Monday after a shooter opened fire on the parade. Chairs and strollers were abandoned by attendees

The aftermath of the scene in Highland Park on Monday after a shooter opened fire on the parade. Chairs and strollers were abandoned by attendees  

 It was sickening. If this can happen here it can happen anywhere…I saw 12 to 24 injuries… I saw a couple of lifeless bodies on the ground.’
 Miles Zaremski

Witnesses described a ‘sickening’ scene and is it feared that children are among the dead. 

‘I saw multiple lifeless bodies, people in a pool of blood. It is sickening. If this can happen here in our suburb it can happen anywhere,’ he added, a reference to the quiet suburb’s low-crime,’ witness Miles Zaremski told CNN. 

‘I have never seen this and I’d hope no American would ever see this. I saw 12 to 24 injuries… I saw a couple of lifeless bodies on the ground.’ 

Lynn Sweet said there strollers, chairs and flags were abandoned along the parade route and ‘frozen in time’. 

Debbie Glickman, a Highland Park resident, said she was on a parade float with coworkers and the group was prepared to turn onto the main route when she saw people running away from the area.

‘People started saying `There’s a shooter, there’s a shooter, there is a shooter”‘ Glickman told the Associated Press. 

‘So we just ran. We just ran. It’s like mass chaos down there. I’m so freaked out,” she said. 

‘We can’t believe this happened in our little town.’ 

Highland Park is renowned for being one of Chicago’s most affluent suburbs; Michael Jordan owns a mansion in the area, and it is also where enormous mansion featured in Home Alone is.

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