Anybody who asks why Highland Park is getting so much attention when there are shootings on Chicago’s south side every day can go fark themselves. Multiple people were shot during a parade in North Highland Park at Central Avenue and Second Avenue north of Chicago on July 4.
Highland Park authorities are asking residents to avoid the center as police respond to “incidents.” Given what happened, it was reported that the emergency services moved to the scene of the incident.
Before 10:45 a.m. m., the city of Highland Park provided little information about the event in a Facebook post, other than to say that the city’s fourth annual festival had been canceled.
Sources said the man may have been fired from a high-rise building. The parade route passes near Central Avenue and Second Street. The march was interrupted about 10 minutes after it began at 10 a.m., when gunshots were fired, an undisclosed number of marchers were hit, and hundreds were evacuated to safety. A reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times saw three bloody corpses and five other wounded and bleeding corpses covered in blankets near the parade stands. Several witnesses said they heard multiple gunshots. A witness said he counted more than 20 shots.
As they fled the parade route, the marchers abandoned their chairs, strollers and blankets and took cover, not knowing what was going on. Police patrol the area with guns.
There was a large number of police and fire trucks in the parade. U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider said he and his campaign had gathered at the start of the march when the shooting began.
“My team and I are safe,” he said. “I have heard that someone has died and others have been injured. My condolences go out to families and loved ones; my prayers go out to those injured and my community; I pledge to do everything we can to protect our children, our city and our … make the country safer. Enough! Highland Park officials urged residents to avoid the city’s downtown area as police responded to the “incident.”
Lakeshore Country Club is also under lockdown. Just before 10:45 a.m., the City of Highland Park provided little information about the event in a Facebook post, saying only that the city’s fourth festival had been canceled. The Village of Deerfield tweeted at 10:50 a.m. that Deerfield’s family day in Jewett Park had been canceled following the shooting in Highland Park. Evanston canceled the parade and fireworks.
“As a precaution, tonight’s Skokie 4th of July Parade has been cancelled due to the shooting at the 4th of July Parade in Highland Park. The Skokie community grieves with our neighbors in Highland Park,” Skokie said officials said. “A decision will be made tonight regarding the fireworks display at Niles West High School tonight.” Governor JB Pritzker tweeted: “My staff and I are closely monitoring the situation in Highland Park. State Police are on the scene and we have made all state resources available to the community. We will continue to work with local officials, Help those affected.”