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Fourth of July Parade in Illinois Interrupted by Shooting – At Least 6 Dead and 24 Hospitalized

Highland Park Police have declared the shooting an active incident, with the gunman remaining at large.

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A Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, was thrown into chaos on Monday morning after multiple people were shot, with at least six fatalities.

The Independence Day parade was taking place in Highland Park, a city in Illinois about 25 miles north of downtown Chicago. Videos from the scene showed people fleeing as shots rang out at around 10:10 local time, reportedly from a shooter stationed somewhere on the rooftop of an Uncle Dan’s outdoor equipment and clothing store, according to witnesses.

During the confusion, a local band on a parade float continued to play, while many attendees abandoned chairs, blankets, and even baby strollers running for cover.

“I heard 20 to 25 shots, which were in rapid succession. So it couldn’t have been just a handgun or a shotgun,” said Miles Zaremski, a Highland Park resident, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. He added that he saw “people in that area that got shot,” including a “woman covered with blood,” who did not survive. One reporter saw blankets covering three bodies.

The most recent reports from local authorities have confirmed that at least six people who attended the Fourth of July parade were killed in the shooting, and that 24 people are currently hospitalized.

Highland Park Police Department confirmed in a press conference that the suspect is still at large, with “numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies” searching for him. The suspect is described as a white male, aged 18-20, with long black hair and a small build.

At least one firearm has been recovered from the scene, Highland Park Police noted, adding that they have currently secured the perimeter around downtown.

Adrienne Drell, a former reporter with the Chicago Sun-Times, told the paper that she was scooped up from sitting on a sidewalk curb watching the parade by a man who told her to get out of there. She said that she saw students from the local high school marching band start to run from the scene.

“It was a quiet, peaceful, lovely morning, people were enjoying the parade,” she said. “Within seconds, to have that peacefulness suddenly ripped apart, it’s scary. You can’t go anywhere, you can’t find peace. I think we are falling apart.”

Police were on the scene almost immediately, given that the parade already had a strong presence from both the police and fire departments.

Representative Brad Schneider, a Democratic congressman for the area that includes Highland Park, tweeted that he and his team were in attendance at the Fourth of July parade, while Illinois Governor JB Pritzker confirmed that he was monitoring the situation.

This is a breaking story and may be updated.

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36 Comments

36 Comments

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    Publius

    July 4, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    I see that the “Problem. Reaction. Solution.” crew is not talking the holiday off.

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      Steve

      July 4, 2022 at 3:05 pm

      They finally got the white male to blame. They will say he is a white racists I’m sure. Now they got their reason to take away the 2A

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        Mr Mustashe

        July 4, 2022 at 4:05 pm

        Oops!… I’m guessing the Second Amendment didn’t work in this case! Nevertheless, there is a solution…

        Second Amendment 2.01: A well regulated “rooftop Militia” being necessary to and for the security of a free 4th of July Celebration, the right of the people to wander atop a community’s rooftops shall not be infringed.

        See… problem solved!

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          Michael

          July 4, 2022 at 4:10 pm

          A well regulated leftist nutt job, being necessary for a free killing, the right of the left to kill at will, shall not be infringed.

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            Mr Mustashe

            July 4, 2022 at 4:28 pm

            Ha, ha, ha!… if we only knew what the hell you were texting about.

            Oh, well

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          Datoad

          July 4, 2022 at 4:55 pm

          I bet you are just loving that this has happened. It fits well into your agenda (Attacking the second amendment). Did you ever stop and think it was a person as yourself that hates the Constitution and its amendments that did this. Why would a person who loves this country and its freedoms (given by our constitution and bill of rights), attack innocent people on the very day that celebrates it’s freedoms. Freedoms which includes the right to bear arms and defend themselves against threats and tyranny.

          Too bad the people of Germany did not have the same rights as we do to protect themselves when Hitler and the Nazis cut loose on them. I can see the camp you dwell in. You are probably one of those who blame the gun toting Police for showing up and brandishing their firearms.

          The truth of the matter is it is too bad a person exercising their second amendment right was not close enough to this Democrat to stop him.

          There are many countries that strip the citizens of the right to defend themselves. Why don’t you just go and join them. China and Russia to mention a couple. Just Go! Please just Go! Carry a friend of like beliefs.

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            Mr Mustashe

            July 4, 2022 at 5:24 pm

            Seriously!… you’ve got to hit the toilet more often! Holding it in like that could cause you to explode!

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            Eric Hunter

            July 4, 2022 at 6:00 pm

            Although hairy lip does not understand what you said, you’re quite right. Freedom is not guarantied by the army or police but by the people. Nutcases happen, especially where liberals run wild.

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            Datoad

            July 4, 2022 at 8:18 pm

            If you ask me they should be looking for someone with a “Mustashe”and probably Black Clad with skateboard knee pads on,holding a umbrella and wearing sunglasses.Someone who hasn’t washed his hair in two months and has a vocabulary that mainly consist of ” #$!&^_)&*^ and &*^#[email protected]!) and *+&%^ ”

            Just leave….just leave you and the slug you crawled in with.

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            Mr Mustashe

            July 4, 2022 at 8:59 pm

            Mr Hunter below is as full of crap as you are… and he is as much of a sociopsychopath as you are! Curse his words!

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            Datoad

            July 4, 2022 at 9:11 pm

            Blah Blah Blah!!! You are just mad because they caught your Black clad buddy / hero.

            I guess I was wrong on one thing, I thought they were looking for you but I was only partially wrong, they were looking for someone “like” you and they got him.
            Till the next leftist scumbag (your hero) comes along …

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            Mr Mustashe

            July 4, 2022 at 10:40 pm

            And ditto for Datoad!… and may God hold you to account!

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        Ngallendou Dièye

        July 4, 2022 at 6:58 pm

        “searching for him [or her]. The suspect is described as a white male, aged 18-20, with long black hair and a small build” [but may be a female, or one kind of tranee or another].

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    Seth

    July 4, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    Sweet home, Shitcago.

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    Craigusmaximus

    July 4, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    Long black hair and slim build? Describes soyboy leftists nicely.

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      Mike

      July 4, 2022 at 3:52 pm

      Precisely!! Shot up the 4th because he’s ANTIFA?

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        Mr Mustashe

        July 4, 2022 at 4:49 pm

        I wonder where the shooter acquired the high-powered “Anti 2nd Amendment Rooftop Permit”… that’s quite a weapon!

        But then, maybe, no permit was required!… maybe, he just tried out a few local roofs, and set up shop!… or, was allowed up to the roof by a disgruntled security guard!

        https://bit.ly/3bHM4ZX

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    Robert

    July 4, 2022 at 3:11 pm

    another Democrat who can’t control his emotions after being taught to hate America acting out in another Democrat managed, gun restricted, area.

    so sad for all the victims and their families.

    when will they ever learn, when will they ever learn ?

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      Mr Mustashe

      July 4, 2022 at 5:18 pm

      “So sad”?… ha, ha, ha!… I don’t think so! You’re “sad” alright!… a sad example of a human being!

      “When will the families ever learn”?… when they stop reading crap comments like your’s! As for the shooter, he has learned to overcome his victims’ Second Amendment defense! And so, in addition to having a weapon he shouldn’t own, he’s made a JOKE of Americans’ Second Amendment! But then, maybe you don’t get that!… DUMB*SS!

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    Robert

    July 4, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    if we just take the predictable Democrat reaction from the sublime to the ridiculous we should premprively lock up all innocent people then the criminals who ignore gun laws anyway won’t have any innocents to shoot.

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      Mr Mustashe

      July 4, 2022 at 5:44 pm

      “Premprively”?… you text like George Bush!

      And NO!… YOU should be locked up!

      https://bit.ly/3yfXXOt

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      Datoad

      July 4, 2022 at 8:03 pm

      But they will shoot themselves…Hmmm! I think you are on to something.

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    T.S.

    July 4, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    FBI/CIA/MK ULTRA:

    “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and the people will believe it.”~Joseph Goebbels / Nazi Minister of Propaganda

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      Mike

      July 4, 2022 at 3:55 pm

      Yep! Let’s see if the gun “left behind” was done so accidentally, on purpose or accidentally on purpose – and if it is a “ghost gun” – and for bonus points has a bump stock attached – well then we have found our culprit. Same culprit as always – the FBI! Pretty sure we’ll find out the violent-gaming, psychotropic drug addled, America hating leftist ANTIFA member was on the FBI’s radar and they just recently lost track of him.

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      Mr Mustashe

      July 4, 2022 at 5:47 pm

      I agree!… so stop, already!

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    mioilman

    July 4, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    The shooter’s taking a break back at f.b.lie headquarters now.

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    T.S.

    July 4, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    Bingo.

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    nightdipper

    July 4, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    American hating Democrat using violence yet again. Look like white victims so this story will have no legs.

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    Texascrappie

    July 4, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    Unless they can blame some white guy, then this will go the way of the Christmas parade massacre by car.

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    VotingDoesn'tMatterAnymore

    July 4, 2022 at 3:26 pm

    A shooting in/around Chicago? I cannot believe it, this must be fake news because it is nearly impossible to get a firearm in IL; especially in Chicago. And the wonderfully effective mayor Beetlejuice Blightfoot certainly keeps firearms out of the city.

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      BrownsFan42

      July 4, 2022 at 4:35 pm

      She’s black and gay. Doesn’t that count for something?

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        VotingDoesn'tMatterAnymore

        July 4, 2022 at 7:09 pm

        Nada. Zip. Zilch.

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    Gypo O'leary

    July 4, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    It’s important that Democrats stop all this hate speech and dog-whistling their followers to attack white people.

    There are just too many dangerously mentall ill people that attach themselves to the extremist utopianist believes that the Democrats preach, and these mentally ill people take it by attacking Democrat ‘bogeyman’ … ie…innocent white folks.

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    JOHN MAYOR

    July 4, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    I feel there’s more pain on the way! And gun’s will not be a solution! And, apparently, they weren’t here!

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    Daniel

    July 5, 2022 at 5:42 am

    It’s pretty bad when you’re safer in Ukraine than an American city.

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