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Police Hunting July 4th Parade Gunman Who Murdered 6, Wounded At Least 24

Highland Park, IL – Six people were killed and at least 24 more were wounded on Monday during a 4th of July parade in a Chicago suburb after a gunman started shooting from a rooftop.

Highland Park Police Commander Chris O’Neill has urged people to shelter-in-place in the area because the gunman has not yet been apprehended, the Associated Press reported.

Commander O’Neill said the incident began at about 10:15 a.m. on July 4, when the Highland Park July Fourth parade was about three-quarters of the way through the route.

Lake County Major Crime Task Force Spokesman Christopher Covelli said it appeared that the gunman had opened fire on the crowd of onlookers watching the parade from a rooftop using a “high-powered rifle” that police recovered at the scene, the Associated Press reported.

Covelli said he didn’t know on which building the rifle had been recovered.

Police believe there was only one gunman and reminded residents that the shooter should still be considered armed and dangerous, the Associated Press reported.

“He could be in the city, he could be somewhere else,” Covelli said.

Zoe Nicole Pawelczak told ABC News that when she heard the gunshots at the parade, she grabbed her dad and started running through the crowd.

“I saw multiple people slaughtered,” Pawelczak said.

“Everybody is crying,” she continued. “We ended up making it behind a corner and we hid behind a dumpster. This man was there with his two very young children and he had put them in the dumpster for safety.”

She said the man asked her to watch his kids while he went searching for his other son, ABC News reported.

“So I watched his kids for him,” Pawelczak said. “They were like, ‘What’s going on?’ And I was like, ‘It’s just fireworks, it’s OK,’ just trying to keep them calm.”

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker released a statement calling the mass shooting in Highland Park “evil” that was perpetrated by a “monster.”

Witnesses said the gunfire erupted about 10 minutes after the parade kicked off on July 4, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“I heard 20 to 25 shots, which were in rapid succession. So it couldn’t have been just a handgun or a shotgun,” Highland Park resident Miles Zaremski said.

Police were searching the area but the gunman has not yet been apprehended, WLS reported.

Some witnesses said it seemed like the shots were coming from atop a building but police have not yet released any information about the incident.

There were abandoned strollers, chairs, flags, and other items strewn through the street and sidewalks, left behind as the owners fled in terror, and some small children were separated from their parents in the melee.

Terrifying videos showed the chaos that erupted as multiple gunshots rang out.

Police have not yet identified any of the people who were killed in the parade shooting, nor have they released the identities or the medical conditions of those who were wounded, but some family members of the dead have begun to post pictures to social media.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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