Mass shooting at 4 July parade in Highland Park, Illinois; many casualties reported


There are reports of another mass shooting at the Independence Day parade at Highland Park in Illinois. Police officials responding to the incident at the 4 July parade, say that several people have been injured in the incident.

Highland Park

The city of High Park, which is a suburb 25 miles north of Chicago, said that it had decided to cancel the Independence Day parade in view of the mass shooting and asked people to stay indoors. People are being advised to not pass through the downtown.

One eyewitness claimed to have heard as many as 25 rounds of gunshots.

US Rep. Brad Schneider, a Democrat who represents the area, tweeted, “Today a shooter struck in Highland Park during the Independence Day parade. My campaign team and I were gathering at the start of the parade when shooting started. My team and I are safe and secure. We are monitoring the situation closely and in touch with the Mayor.”

His subsequent tweet read, “Hearing of loss of life and others injured. My condolences to the family and loved ones; my prayers for the injured and for my community; and my commitment to do everything I can to make our children, our towns, our nation safer. Enough is enough!”

Many Twitter users have shared photos of babies, who are separated from their parents during the shooting. Efforts are on to reunite them with their parents. One lucky baby, see below, was reunited with the parents.