The Catch Up: What to Know So Far About the Fatal 4th of July Parade Shooting at Highland Park

An armed law enforcement officer patrols the scene of the Fourth of July Parade shooting on July 4 in Highland Park, Illinois. (YANGRE KIM/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

City officials held a second news conference Monday afternoon to give an update on the mass shooting during a July 4th parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

Highland Park Police Commander Chris O’Neill said the route of the parade, downtown Highland Park and the city’s central business district remain an active crime scene. Officials are recommending that people living in that area continue to take shelter from place to place.

“We currently have an active crime scene in our central business district. The perimeter is Green Bay Road from Laurel Avenue to St. Johns Avenue to Elm Place. And we have police personnel in that area continuing to investigate and clearing businesses and buildings. do,” O’Neill said.

Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said five adults died at the scene of the shooting. Those individuals have been identified and officials are working to inform their families.

Banek said another deceased victim was taken to hospital.

Sharing information about those injured in the shooting, Highland Park Fire Chief Joe Schrage said about two dozen people were taken to area hospitals by first responders:

  • 10 to Highland Park Hospital
  • 6 to Lake Forest Hospital
  • 7 to Evanston Hospital

Chief Chris Cowelly, spokesman for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, said there were also self-transports to area hospitals, and that the total number of people hospitalized may be higher than is currently understood.