Highland Park survivor talks close call after bullet misses her head


Dr. Marcy Kamen told ABC News she is eternally grateful that she and her family were able to make it out of the parade in Highland Park, Illinois alive.

At the same time, the 60-year-old doctor said she mourns the people who weren’t so lucky and the loved ones they left behind.

Kamen was a longtime parade participant and was there with her father, sister, niece and other relatives when gunshots rang out.

Kamen said she grabbed her niece and ran for cover while her sister stayed with her father.

Dr. Marcy Kamen said her father was shot and the bullet nearly hit him in the July 4, 2022, mass shooting in Highland Park Parade, Illinois.

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“Very soon there were so many police and helicopters and people screaming, and you [knew] that they weren’t dead fireworks,” she told ABC News.

After Kamen got to safety, she said she discovered her father had been shot in the arm and taken to hospital. He survived the shooting.

PHOTO: Dr. Marcy Kamen says her father was shot and the bullet nearly hit him in the July 4, 2022, mass shooting in Highland Park Parade, Illinois.

Dr. Marcy Kamen said her father was shot and the bullet nearly hit him in the July 4, 2022, mass shooting in Highland Park Parade, Illinois.

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“I didn’t realize that when I left my dad had been shot and the bullet was six inches above my head,” she said. “I was on autopilot and took this kid and drove off.”

Seven people were killed in the shooting, Jacki Sundheim, Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, Stephen Straus, Katherine Goldstein, Eduardo Uvaldo, and couple Irina and Kevin McCarthy. The McCarthys left behind a two-year-old son who was with them in the parade.

PHOTO: Law enforcement search after a mass shooting during the Highland Park 4th of July Parade in downtown Highland Park, Illinois on Monday, July 4, 2022.

Law enforcement search after a mass shooting during the Highland Park 4th of July Parade in downtown Highland Park, Illinois on Monday, July 4, 2022.

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Kamen said she feels remorse for those killed and prays for their families.

“There’s a bit of guilt of ‘Oh why were they killed and we did it,'” she told ABC News.

Kamen said she found comfort in the outpouring of help and support she saw while fleeing the scene. From bystanders grabbing children for safety to first responders trying to keep people safe, she said she was amazed at how many people acted selflessly in a scary situation.

“I just hope people saw other people helping each other,” she said.

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