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'It was chaotic': Reports of 5 dead, 16 others shot during Fourth of July parade in Chicago suburb

Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas, Gregory Pratt, Jake Sheridan, John Byrne, Steve Sadin, Karie Angell Luc, Rosemary Sobol and Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune on

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CHICAGO — More than a dozen people were shot in Highland Park Monday morning, at least five of them fatally, about 10 minutes into the northern suburb’s Fourth of July parade, according to police and witnesses. The shooter had not been caught as of Monday afternoon and the area around the parade route remained an active scene.

Highland Park Police were called to the shooting shortly after 10 a.m. when the parade began. At least 16 people had been shot, officials said.

The shooter had not been located and people in the area were being advised to “shelter in place.”

“Our office has been called out for a death investigation in Highland Park,’’ said Steve Newton, Chief Deputy with the Lake County coroner’s office.

Newton said authorities were dispatched to the public way of downtown Highland Park.

“On the street,” Newton said.”It’s still very early in our investigation.”

 

According to the Highland Park police Facebook page, authorities were responding to a situation in downtown Highland Park, in Lake County. The post did not specifically reference the shooting but said Fourth Fest had been canceled and asked people to “please avoid downtown Highland Park.” The Lake County Sheriff’s office also was responding and asked people to stay out of the area.

U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering have told reporters they believe at least one person was fatally shot.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who had been attending the parade in Hyde Park, is reported to have said nine people were shot during the parade. Pritzker then left the Hyde Park parade, according to sources who were there. According to a post on his Twitter, Pritzker and his staff were “closely monitoring the situation in Highland Park.”

Illinois State Police also were responding, Pritzker said, adding: “We will continue working with local officials to help those affected.” Roads were blocked for approximately 1 mile surrounding the shooting scene.

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