Highland Park July 4th parade shooting was 'like a war zone,' witness says

“它看起来像一个战区,” 保罗·切斯勒, 75, 告诉福克斯新闻数字.

切斯勒和他的女朋友正在观看游行时,一名站在屋顶上的枪手在大约 10:14 上午.

“我们听说 15 要么 16 rapid fire shots, which we thought were fireworks, but all of a sudden, like two seconds afterwards, people started running and screaming gunfire,” said Chesler, who has attended the parade nine years in a row. “It was total chaos. My girlfriend and I were almost trampled by dozens of people trying to get out of the way.

实时更新: HIGHLAND PARK, ILLINOIS FOURTH OF JULY PARADE SHOOTING

Police deploy after gunfire erupted at a Fourth of July parade route in the wealthy Chicago suburb of Highland Park, 伊利诺伊州, 我们. 七月 4, 2022 in a still image from video.

Police deploy after gunfire erupted at a Fourth of July parade route in the wealthy Chicago suburb of Highland Park, 伊利诺伊州, 我们. 七月 4, 2022 in a still image from video. (ABC affiliate WLS/ABC7 via Reuters)

The main parade had just begun when the shooter allegedly used a high-powered rifle to spray the crowd with bullets from a nearby rooftop, Highland Park Police Commander Chris O’Neill told reporters Monday at a press conference.

Police described the shooting as random, and the suspect, who is still at large, as a White male, 老化的 18 至 20, with longish black hair and a slight build. He left the weapon at the scene, 警察说.

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After the crowd dispersed, Chesler, who is a retired Chicago teacher, walked west with his girlfriend. “Paramedics were working on at least three to four people who had been shot or possibly injured when they were scrambling to get out of the way,” 他说. “You saw people absolutely terrified. People were crying.

Law enforcement search after a mass shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade in downtown Highland Park, a Chicago suburb on Monday, 七月 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Law enforcement search after a mass shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade in downtown Highland Park, a Chicago suburb on Monday, 七月 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) (美联社)

Highland Park resident Alexander Sandoval, 39, 告诉 Chicago Sun-Times that he got up before 7 上午. to set up lawn chairs and a blanket in front of the main stage of the parade for his family.

We saw the Navy’s marchers and float pass by, 和, when I first heard the gunshots, I thought it was them saluting the flag and shooting blanks,” 他说. “But then I saw people starting to run, and the shots kept going. We started running.

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In the chaos, Sandoval and his 5-year-old son fled in one direction and his partner, Amairani Garcia and her 6-year-old daughter in another.

Abandoned chairs after shooting at HP, IL Fourth of July parade

Abandoned chairs after shooting at HP, IL Fourth of July parade (盖蒂图片社)

I grabbed my son and tried to break into one of the local buildings, but I couldn’t,” he told the newspaper. “I kept running and ran into an alley and put my son in a garbage dumpster, so he could be safe.

Video footage of the attack’s aftermath show people fleeing for safety, abandoning baby strollers, bikes and lawn chairs in their haste.

A Fourth of July parade-goer runs for cover after gunfire was heard at the parade Monday morning, 七月 4, 2022, in a suburb of Chicago. (Lynn Sweet/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

A Fourth of July parade-goer runs for cover after gunfire was heard at the parade Monday morning, 七月 4, 2022, in a suburb of Chicago. (Lynn Sweet/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) (Lynn Sweet/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

After the gunfire subsided, Sandoval searched for his partner and stepdaughter, finding the ground strewn with bodies. “I saw a little boy who was shot being carried away,” 他说. “It was just terror.

Gina Troiani and her 5-year-old son were about to join the parade route with his daycare class. He was riding a bike decorated with red and blue curled ribbons and his classmates clutched American flags. When the gunfire started, she thought it was fireworks until someone started yelling, “Shooter!”

We just started running,” Troiani said.

Illinois State Senator Julie Morrison told CBS Chicago she and her family, riding in a convertible, had just entered a ramp to join the parade when they heard a popping sound they thought was fireworks.

All of a sudden a couple of women started running — and then it was like almost a wave of people, and they were crying and screaming, and they said there’s an active shooter and people have been shot,” 她记得. “[它] was like something you’d see in a movie.

Law-enforcement agencies are searching for the suspect.

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