Bystanders run after hearing gunshots in shooting at July 4 parade in Illinois
Gunfire erupted at the parade in Highland Park, near Chicago, about 14 minutes after it kicked off at 10am local time on Monday morning.
Five adult victims died on the scene while a six victim succumbed to their injuries in hospital. One of the victims has now been identified as grandfather Nicholas Toledo.
As of 4.15pm the incident remains active with the gunman still on the run.
Police described the shooter as a white male aged 18 to 20 years old, with long dark hair, of small build and wearing a white or blue t-shirt.
The suspect has not yet been identified and should be considered armed and dangerous.
A rifle was recovered from the roof of a building where the gunman is believed to have taken up his position before opening fire on revellers along the parade route below.
Investigators have narrowed down the shelter in place location and said they have made “significant progress” in the search for the shooter.
Gunman used ladder in alley to climb onto building roof
The gunman who killed six people and wounded dozens more in the July 4 attack used a ladder in an alley to climb onto the roof of a business.
From there, he opened fire on families enjoying the Independence Day parade in the streets below.
A firearm – described only as a “high-powered” long rifle – was located on the rooftop in the aftermath of the attack.
Lake County Major Crime Take Force Sgt Chris Covelli said: “It looks like access to the roof via a ladder in an alley was unsecure.”
Rachel Sharp4 July 2022 22:20
Police say ‘significant progress’ made in search for suspect
Law enforcement have made “significant progress” in the search for the gunman, Highland Park Police Commander Chris O’Neill said at a press conference at around 3.30pm.
Almost six hours on from the mass shooting, the suspect remains at large and residents in the local area have been told to shelter in place.
Commander O’Neill said that, while no one is in custody at this time, the shelter in place area has been narrowed down.
The “active investigation continues”, he said.
Rachel Sharp4 July 2022 22:05
Police confirmed that one child was rushed to hospital with critical injuries following the mass shooting at the July 4 Highland Park parade.
The condition of the child is unclear.
Coroner Jennifer Bennek confirmed that five of the six victims died on the scene of the mass shooting, while the sixth victim died after they were rushed to a local hospital.
The five killed on scene were all adults while no details were given about the victim who died in hospital.
Most of the victims taken to hospital suffered gunshot wounds to the “abdomen, to limbs and such”, said Highland Park Police Commander Chris O’Neill.
Rachel Sharp4 July 2022 21:50
Coroner confirms five adults died on scene, sixth victim died in hospital
Coroner Jennifer Bennek has confirmed that five of the six victims died on the scene of the mass shooting in Highland Park, while the sixth victim died after they were rushed to a local hospital.
The five killed on scene were all adults.
No details were given about the victim who died in hospital.
The coroner said at a 3.30pm press conference that officials are not confirming the victims’ identities until next of kin have been notified.
Rachel Sharp4 July 2022 21:35
First victim identified as grandfather
The first victim of the Highland Park mass shooting has been identified as grandfather Nicholas Toledo.
The family of Mr Toledo told CBS Chicago that he was one of the six people killed in the attack at the July 4 parade in the city.
“We are all feeling pretty numb. We’re all pretty broken inside,” his granddaughter said.
Rachel Sharp4 July 2022 21:20
Rifle was found on roof of building
The rifle used in the mass shooting was recovered from the roof of a building, police confirmed.
The gunman is believed to have taken up his position there before opening fire on the parade route below.
The exact make and model of the firearm has not been revealed but officials said it was a “high-powered” long gun and that the shooter “sprayed” the scene with bullets.
Rachel Sharp4 July 2022 21:10
Police search building to building for gunman
Law enforcement officers have been going building to building in search of the gunman who opened fire on the July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
Multiple SWAT officers were seen descending on a construction site and making their way along the rooftop of the site as part of the search, reported CBS News Chicago.
Members of the public have been urged to shelter in place as the gunman’s whereabouts remain unknown.
Rachel Sharp4 July 2022 21:05
Biden reacts to Illinois massacre and says there is ‘much more work to do’ on gun reform
President Joe Biden has released a statement slamming the “senseless gun violence” that unfolded at a July 4 parade in Illinois and said that there is “much more work to do” on gun reform.
“Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day,” he said.
“As always, we are grateful for the first responders and law enforcement on the scene. I have spoken to Governor Pritzker and Mayor Rotering, and have offered the full support of the Federal government to their communities. I also surged Federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter, who remains at large at this time.
“Members of the community should follow guidance from leadership on the ground, and I will monitor closely as we learn more about those whose lives have been lost and pray for those who are in the hospital with grievous injuries.
“I recently signed the first major bipartisan gun reform legislation in almost thirty years into law, which includes actions that will save lives. But there is much more work to do, and I’m not going to give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence.”
Rachel Sharp4 July 2022 21:00
Investigators searching social media for threats
Investigators are searching social media for threats made against the July 4 parade in Highland Park as the identity and motive of the gunman remain unclear.
Lake County Major Crime Task Force Sgt Chris Covelli said that law enforcement were not aware of any threats made against the festivities but that they were not ruling it out.
“Certainly investigators are combing through social media to see if there’s any clues or any information that they can uncover through social media that might help them with the investigation,” he said.
Rachel Sharp4 July 2022 20:55
Illinois governor describes shooter as a ‘monster’
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker released a statement on Twitter describing the shooter responsible for Monday’s attack as a “monster”.
“There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community,” he said in a statement.
“There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, their futures.”
The governor called on America to “put a stop to the terror of rampant gun violence in our country”.
“We must – and we will – end this plague of gun violence,” he said.
Rachel Sharp4 July 2022 20:50