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Witnesses described pandemonium after a mass shooting Monday at a July 4 parade that killed at least six people and injured 34 in the upscale Chicago suburb of Highland Park, according to reports.
“It looked like a war zone,” Paul Chesler, 75, told Fox News Digital.
The article goes on to state the following:
Chesler and his girlfriend were watching the parade when a gunman positioned on a roof opened fire at about 10:14 a.m. “We heard 15 or 16 rapid fire shots, which we thought were fireworks, but all of a sudden, like two seconds afterwards, people started running and screaming gunfire,” said Chesler, who has attended the parade nine years in a row. “It was total chaos. My girlfriend and I were almost trampled by dozens of people trying to get out of the way.”
Police have described the gunman as a White male with longish black hair and a slim build, estimated to be about 18-20 years old.
The gunman reportedly fired from a rooftop of a building along the parade route, as the parade was only minutes underway. Authorities believe he accessed the rooftop by climbing up a ladder attached to the building from an alleyway. He left a “high-powered” rifle on the roof and fled. Police are still considering the gunman armed and dangerous, and are searching for him.
Investigators are trying to trace the gun they found back to the owner in hopes of being able to identify the gunman.
At least six people were killed in the massacre. Five people were found dead at the scene, and another individual died after being taken to the hospital.
In an update, Highland Park Police said another 31 people are hospitalized, with their conditions ranging from serious to critical. A child is among those who are critically injured.
New video footage of the shooting has surfaced on social media, as the gunman opened fire on the parade crowd below. Terrified people are seen screaming and running for their lives and the rapid-fire gunshots are head.
Terrifying… that in America in 2022 you can find yourself in a war zone in a matter of seconds running for your life. Nowhere is safe anymore pic.twitter.com/bvi2lu1dSD
— Josh Thomas (@milehigherjosh) July 4, 2022
Rapid-fire gunshots are also heard in the horrifying video below:
— Anonymous (@chomskyreader) July 4, 2022
A white male suspect (who is STILL at large) aged between 18-20, shot from a roof during the Highland Park 4th of July Parade, and killed 6 ppl, injuring dozens.
If police would focus on THESE potential shooters instead of ambushing innocent Black ppl, this wouldn’t happen pic.twitter.com/2QhNURdIrU
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) July 4, 2022
Alexander Sandoval, a father who was attending the parade with his family, described the horror he saw, and said he first ran with his son and hid the child in a dumpster, then went back to find the rest of his family.
A witness to the Highland Park, Illinois shooting put his son in a garbage dumpster for his safety while he searched for the rest of his family pic.twitter.com/fROHYnbyN3
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 4, 2022
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) July 4, 2022
Another woman said she saw one girl shot and killed:
“All of a sudden everyone behind us started running. I looked back, probably 20 feet away from me, I saw a girl shot and killed. I saw her die,” witness describes the horror at Highland Park parade. pic.twitter.com/Oy1QCgqKvt
— Virginia Kruta (@VAKruta) July 4, 2022
Another witness, Dr. David Baum, told NBC that he saw victims with “wartime injuries.”
A witness who came to the aid of victims at the scene of the Highland Park mass shooting recalled seeing “wartime injuries” as others described panic as they rushed to safety https://t.co/lJ6ESSeLed pic.twitter.com/1xBAKXggfz
— LX News (@NBCLX) July 4, 2022
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) July 4, 2022
Highland Park July 4th parade shooting was ‘like a war zone,’ witness sayshttps://t.co/31VniCflGT
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 4, 2022
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