Police respond to shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, officials say

Hundreds of people fled the shooting in Highland Park, about 25 miles north of Chicago, and triggered a police response from local, county and state officials. The extent of the injuries was not known.

city ​​of highland park said its Independence Day parade has been canceled and advised people to avoid the city. Illinois State Police said its troops were responding to “reported active shooters” in a supporting role.

One parade attendee, Miles Zeremsky, said he heard about 20 to 30 gunshots, two in a row of gunfire, at about 10:20 a.m. whistle, 20 minutes after the parade began. He said that a hail of bullets created a stampede as people fled. He told CNN he saw several people on the ground covered in blood and described the scene as chaotic.

U.S. Representative Brad Schneider, a Democrat who represents the area, confirmed that he was at the scene during the shooting In a tweet.

“When the shooting started, my crew and I were gathering at the beginning of the parade. Me and my team are safe,” he said.

state representative bob morgan said There have been many injuries.

Video taken by a witness, Hugo Aguilera, shows an ambulance rolling down the parade route and a police car with sirens as people gather on a grassy pavement. Aerial video from CNN affiliate WLS shows abandoned lawn chairs up and down the parade route amid heavy police presence.

The July 4th parade was expected to feature floats, marching bands, novelty groups, community entries and other special entertainment, downtown. said on their website,

It was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. CT at the intersection of Laurel and St. John’s Avenues, and continue north on St. John’s Avenue and then west on Central Avenue and to Sunset Park, the city said.

The suburb of Highland Park has a population of about 30,000 people and has a per capita income of about $90,000, almost triple the US average. US census data,
, Nearby Suburbs deerfield And Evanston His July 4 parade was canceled in view of the shooting.

This is a developing story and will be updated,