Governor Pritzker monitoring situation after shooting at Highland Park on July 4 Parade – NBC Chicago

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker tweeted that he was “closely monitoring the situation” in the suburb of Highland Park, where at least five people were killed and more than a dozen others were injured during the of a shooting during an Independence Day parade.

Speaking to reporters at a July 4 parade in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, Pritzker said initial reports suggested at least nine people had been shot, but he was still receiving additional information.

Around 12:23 p.m., Highland Park officials confirmed that at least five people died in the shooting and more than 16 others were injured. Law enforcement continued to search for the suspect, authorities said.

State police are on the scene, according to a tweet, and all state resources have been made available to local authorities.

“I think it’s important for me to stay on top of this,” he said. the low.”

Following reports of the shooting, Pritzker canceled his appearance at Evanston’s July 4 parade. The city was later among several who canceled its parade and Independence Day celebrations, citing the incident.

Nearby towns and law enforcement also provide resources to Highland Park authorities.

In a statement, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she was in contact with the mayor of Highland Park and the Chicago Police Department was assisting.

“We mourn with the families of those who died and were injured and the entire community of Highland Park,” she added. “Law enforcement is working hard to bring the shooter into custody. If anyone has any information, we encourage them to call 911 and report what you know.”

NBC Chicago

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