Police respond to a shooting that interrupted a 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Ill., Lake County Sheriff wrote on Twitter.
At least two people were killed and several people were injured, according to Chicago’s WGN News, citing law enforcement sources. The police have not publicly confirmed this.
People fled the parade route in panic shortly after 10 a.m. as gunshots were heard, abandoning chairs and coolers.
Witnesses told WGN of the confusion that ensued when loud bangs were heard. Some people thought the noise was fireworks.
The city of Highland Park — a town about 25 miles north of Chicago with a population of around 30,000 — is asking people to avoid downtown.
Mayor Nancy Rotering said in a tweet that the celebration of the Fourth Fest, which was to start at noon, has been canceled.
Lake County Police and Illinois State Police also responded to the incident.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said he was monitoring the situation and made state resources available.
HuffPost contacted Highland Park Police and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
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