A sniper kills six people at an Independence Day parade in Illinois

Police officers patrol the scene of a mass shooting in Illinois. / Photo: efe | Video: Atlas

The murderer managed to flee after shooting indiscriminately at the residents of the town of Highland Park while they were celebrating the 4th of July holiday.

A sniper stationed on a roof ended this Monday morning -seven more hours in Spain- with the lives of at least six people who participated in the Independence Day parade in Highland Park, a town of 30,000 inhabitants in the state of Illinois located about forty kilometers from Chicago, in the northeast of the United States. The authorities confirmed that there were also at least two dozen wounded who were admitted to two health centers in the area. “Twenty-six people have been taken to Highland Park Hospital and five to Evanston, the vast majority with gunshot wounds, although some were also injured as a result of the chaos that followed the incident.”

The perpetrator of the massacre had not been located. “We are facing an incident that is still active. It is recommended to seek refuge, “they added from the City Council. “Security forces are searching for the suspect. Evidence of a firearm has been recovered. A large number of agents are already working and have secured a perimeter in the center of Highland Park, “according to a municipal statement.

The gunfire abruptly ended the July 4 parade just 10 minutes after it began, broadcaster WBBM confirmed. The participants were surprised to hear up to twenty firearm detonations. Police and firefighters received the first notice of an active shooter at around 10:15 a.m. Upon arrival, the agents confirmed multiple victims and cardiorespiratory resuscitation maneuvers were initiated with several of them. “It looked like a war zone. People cried, screamed and nobody knew what was happening,” a witness told this local radio station.

Subsequently, videos began to circulate on social networks in which spectators of the stop could be seen sitting calmly on a curb when someone shouted “shots!” and members of one of the parade bands and the public began to run to flee the area. Panic caused them to leave chairs, prams and shoes behind as they sought shelter.

“Get safe”

Illinois Congressman Bob Morgan, who was participating in the event, reported the existence of a shooting on his Twitter account. “I’m fine, but there are several wounded. Please stay away from the area, stay safe and pray for the injured,” he said.

Given the danger that the shooter had not yet been arrested, the authorities asked the population to avoid the area of ​​Green Bay Street and Central Street. This alarm call was maintained on Monday night. Meanwhile, the FBI asked that anyone with a recording of the shooting or possible information about the killer contact their offices. Officers from Highland Park and several other jurisdictions, including members of the Illinois State Police, some armed with rifles, were patrolling the area looking for the man who carried out the massacre.

The city’s police commander, Christ O’Neill, announced that the suspect is a white young man between 18 and 20 years old who was wearing a blue shirt. The rifle he apparently used had already been located. In a municipal statement they describe the suspect as an individual “with very long hair, of a small build and wearing a white or black shirt.”

“There is panic in the whole town. We are all stunned beyond belief,” said 37-year-old neighbor Eric Trotter.

Biden condemns what happened

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, after learning what happened, has sent a message of condemnation. “Jill – the first lady – and I are shocked by this senseless violence with firearms that has once again brought sorrow to the American community on this Independence Day,” he said in a statement in which he stated that the The Highland Park incident is yet another episode in the “gun violence epidemic.”

The head of the White House has also announced the mobilization of federal security forces to collaborate in the capture of the author of the shots. He also recalled that he recently signed a firearms law backed by congressmen from the Democratic and Republican Parties that “will save lives.” “But there is much more work to do and I will not give up in the fight against the epidemic of gun violence,” he said.

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