In an early afternoon press conference, Highland Park Police Commander Chris O’Neil and a Lake County Department spokesman, Christopher Covelli, confirmed the shooter remains actively sought.
According to Mr. O’Neill, the author of this
senseless act of gratuitous violence would be a short white male, 18-20 years old, with long black hair and a white or blue t-shirt. He would have opened fire around 10:14 a.m., less than a quarter of an hour after the start of the traditional parade.
Mr. Covelli said the man allegedly fired from the roof of a building in the area. A
rifle was also found at the crime scene, he said, but the suspect still remains
armed and dangerous. Spectators who were filming the event are asked to send a copy of their video to the police.
In an earlier Twitter post, Illinois State Police simply said they
lends assistance to the Highland Park Police Department with an active shooter situationasking the publicstreet in Highland Park”,”text”:”to avoid the area of Central Avenue and 2nd Street in Highland Park”}}”>avoid the area of Central Avenue and 2nd Street in Highland Park.
” The event is in progress. All people are asked to confine themselves. Law enforcement is looking for the suspect. The proof [de l’utilisation] of a firearm was found. »
On a day when we come together to celebrate our community and our freedom, we must instead mourn these tragic losses, and fight back against the terror that has been inflicted upon us.said the mayor of Highland Park, Nancy Rotering, during the press conference.
The White House reacted in the middle of the afternoon by means of a press release.
” Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that once again caused heartache in an American community on this Independence Day. »
I recently signed into law the first major bipartisan gun reform bill in nearly thirty years… But there’s still a lot of work to do, and I’m not going to give up on the fight against the epidemic of gun violenceMr. Biden added after clarifying that the federal government was offering a
full support to the community of Highland Park.
Gina Troiani, accompanied by her son, was with her daycare group, ready to take part in the parade with bicycles decorated with red and blue ribbons, when she heard a loud bang which she mistook for fireworks , until people were screaming about a shooter.
We started running in the opposite directionshe testified to the Associated Press.
Troiani added that she pushed her son’s bike, racing through the neighborhood where the shooting occurred to get back to their car.
It was chaos, she said. There were people looking for their families. Others just dropped their carts, grabbed their kids and started running.
No details of the victims have yet been released.