(HIGHLAND PARK, IL) — At least 6 people are dead and over 20 are wounded following a shooting during a July 4th parade in this suburb outside of Chicago. Five people died at the scene and one was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to the Lake County major crimes task force spokesman, Christopher Covelli.
Police are currently searching for a suspect, 22-year-old Robert Crimo, who was believed to have fired from a rooftop, sniper-style with a high-powered rifle.
Highland Park 4th of July shooting person of interest: Who is Robert Crimo?https://t.co/r77rS8d9HB
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The parade what just begun when 60 rapid shots from an assault rifle rang out.
Another shot from the Highland Park mass shooting.
Hadn’t seen this clip on here.
Sounds like nearly 60 shots fired in this one alone. pic.twitter.com/X66gqEiGHD
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Police say the suspect left a rifle on the store rooftop after the shooting perhaps to facilitate blending into the crowd below. Police say the shooter is described as a white male, slight build, face tattoos with dark hair, 18-20 years old.
This is raw video from the scene.
BREAKING: Shooting reported in downtown Highland Park, Illinois, in the area of a July 4th parade, multiple people shot pic.twitter.com/EEXWJRxSyp
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According to witnesses on the scene, they say they saw 12 to 24 people injured with lifeless bodies on the street. Meanwhile, police are saying that 9 people were shot.
A shooting caused hundreds of people to flee for safety from the Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, the authorities said. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office urged people to stay away from the area.https://t.co/eAPvRxNX9r
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 4, 2022
BREAKING: Police say five people killed, 19 hospitalized in shooting at July 4th parade in Highland Park near Chicago. https://t.co/seLOM25UF6
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 4, 2022
This is a developing story and the shooter is still reportedly at large. We will continue to update the situation as it happens.