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President Joe Biden said he was ‘shocked’ but grateful to first responders following a mass shooting at the Highland Park Independence Day Parade that left at least six people dead and about two dozen others wounded.
“Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has once again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day,” Biden said in a statement Monday afternoon, just hours after the beatings. of fire broke out during the holiday parade. “As always, we are grateful to the first responders and law enforcement on the scene. I have spoken to Governor Pritzker and Mayor Rotering, and offered the full support of the federal government to their communities. J I have also called on federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter, who remains at large at this time.”
Biden urged residents to follow the advice of area officials and said he plans to “watch closely as we learn more about those whose lives have been lost and to pray for those who are at risk.” hospital with serious injuries”.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker asked for prayers for the families of those who died and for those injured in the shooting.
“There are no words for the kind of monster that stalks and shoots at a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community,” Pritzker said in a statement. “There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, their future. There are no words I can offer to ease the pain of those they leave behind. Know that our state mourns with you, that MK and I mourn with you.”
A gunman opened fire from a rooftop at the Highland Park Independence Day Parade on Monday in a ‘completely random’ attack that officials say killed at least six people and injured around more two dozen others.
The situation continues to unfold as the manhunt for the shooter continues.
The shooting occurred at 10:14 a.m. in the Central Avenue and 2nd Street area of downtown Highland Park during the city’s July 4 parade, authorities said.
In a video posted on social media by parade participants showing the moment of the shooting, several gunshots could be heard, followed by a pause and another gunshot. In some videos, more than 50 gunshots are heard.
A passerby captured the moment shots were fired during the 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois on TikTok.
Dr. David Baum, who attended the parade, helped treat those injured in the shooting.
“The bodies that I saw, it was not an image that someone who is not a doctor would have trouble processing,” Dr. Baum said.
“There were people who were immediately killed with horrific gunshot wounds.”
Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Christopher Covelli said the shooter fired into the parade with a high-powered rifle from a rooftop. He said police were working to locate the man.
The shooter, who has not yet been identified, was described by Highland Park Police as a white male between the ages of 18 and 20 with a small build and “longer” black hair. He wears a white or blue T-shirt, depending on Highland Park Police Cmdr. Chris O’Neill.
“Investigators are working very, very quickly to try to identify who this person is and to try to figure out where he is,” Covelli said.
Police said the shooting appears “completely random” but also “intentional”.
“Of course, at this point, it seems to be completely random,” Covelli said.
Independence Day parades and events in the northern suburbs were canceled after the shooting.
Photos: Footage from the scene after gunfire erupted during the Highland Park Independence Day Parade