Shooting sends people running for safety during Highland Park July 4 parade

Police in Highland Park, Illinois at the scene of a shooting at a 4th of July parade on Monday,...
Police in Highland Park, Illinois at the scene of a shooting at a 4th of July parade on Monday, July 4, 2022.(CBS CHICAGO *FOR CBS AFFILIATES ONLY*)
Published: Jul. 4, 2022 at 1:28 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 4, 2022 at 2:22 PM EDT
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HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (CBS) - At least 6 people have been confirmed dead and 24 hospitalized with serious injuries, according to Highland Park police at a press conference Monday.

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (CBS) - Several gunshots sent people running for safety during the Highland Park July 4 parade on Monday.

One witness, Shawn Cotreau, said the shooter was on the roof of a business. He said he was only 10 feet from where shooting happened. He said the gunshots went on for several minutes.

Police and ambulances from several jurisdictions swarmed the area, with several officers carrying rifles. Video from the scene showed people being placed into ambulances.

CBS 2 Digital Producer Elyssa Kaufman was near the scene when she heard what sounded like gunfire. She and her family got on the ground and quickly ran to their car in a nearby parking garage.

“Everyone was was running, hiding and screaming,” she said. “It was extremely terrifying. It was very scary. We are very fortunate, we got out very quickly.”

Maya Spector was preparing to march at the parade with her daughter. “We literally ran home,” she said. “People were running and just trying to get out of the area.”

“My daughter was panicked and traumatized.”

Some witnesses reported up to 20 shots.

Highland Park’s Mayor Nancy Rotering said the rest of the July 4 festival has been canceled.

Neighboring Deerfield also canceled its events “due to a shooting in Highland Park.”

The shooting happened in the 600 block of Central Avenue around 10 a.m.

Witnesses posted similar accounts of sounds similar to gunfire and people running.

Another witness took photos of chairs left behind after people fled.

Due to the incident, Family Days activities at Jewett Park have been cleared and the parade has been canceled.

This is a developing story.

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