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4th July Parade Shooting …6 Killed, 24 Hurt in Chicago (VIDEO)

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At least six people died and 24 were wounded in a shooting at a July Fourth parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, police announced on Monday.

Highland Park Police Commander Chris O’Neill called on people to shelter in place when authorities search for the suspect, described as a white male wearing a white or blue T-shirt.

In the same vein, Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli stated at a news conference that the gunman apparently opened fire on parade-goers from a rooftop using a rifle that was recovered at the scene.

The parade started around 10 a.m. but it was suddenly halted about 10 minutes later after shots were fired. Police told people: “Everybody disperse, please. It is not safe to be here.”

Highland Park Police issued a statement early Monday afternoon, noting that five people had been killed and 19 people were taken to hospitals. but those numbers were revised soon after at the news conference.

Gina Troiani and her son were lined up with his daycare class ready to walk onto the parade route when she heard a loud sound that she believed was fireworks — until she heard people yell about a shooter.

“We just start running in the opposite direction,” she told The Associated Press.

Debbie Glickman, a Highland Park resident, said she was on a parade float with coworkers and the group was preparing to turn onto the main route when she saw people running from the area.

“People started saying: ‘There’s a shooter, there’s a shooter, there’s a shooter,’” Glickman told the Associated Press. “So we just ran. We just ran. It’s like mass chaos down there.”

She didn’t hear any noises or see anyone who appeared to be injured.

“I’m so freaked out,” she said. “It’s just so sad.”

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