Active shooter reported at Illinois parade A Chicago suburb has canceled its Fourth of July festivities after witnesses reported possible gunfire at a parade Monday morning. (NCD)
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — A Chicago suburb has canceled its Fourth of July festivities after police responded to reports of an active shooter at a holiday parade.
According to WBBM-TV, witnesses at Highland Park’s Fourth of July parade said they heard loud bangs that sounded like gunfire about 10 a.m. CDT. Sources told WLS-TV that multiple people were struck by gunfire.
Here are the latest updates:
Update 12:57 p.m. EDT July 4: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker tweeted shortly before noon Monday that he and his staff are “closely monitoring” the incident in Highland Park.
“State police are on the scene and we have made all state resources available to the community,” he wrote. “We will continue working with local officials to help those affected.”
Update 12:42 p.m. EDT July 4: U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, an Illinois Democrat, tweeted that he was at the parade when gunfire erupted.
“Today a shooter struck in Highland Park during the Independence Day parade,” he wrote. “My campaign team and I were gathering at the start of the parade when the shooting started. My team and I are safe and secure. We are monitoring the situation closely and in touch with the mayor.”
He added that he is “hearing of loss of life and others injured” and offered condolences to the victims’ families.
Original report: Highland Park took to Facebook shortly before 11 a.m. CDT to say police “are responding to an incident” downtown.
“Fourth Fest has been canceled,” the post read. “Please avoid downtown Highland Park. More information will be shared as it becomes available.”
Illinois State Police later tweeted that officers are assisting Highland Park police with an active shooter situation.
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