By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
HIGHLAND PARK, USA (Worthy News) – Police said a rifle was found at the scene in the wealthy Highland Park suburb. Law enforcement officials explained that initial reports suggested he fired from a rooftop.
The hundreds of paradegoers – some visibly bloodied – who fled the parade route left behind chairs, baby strollers, and blankets.
Reporters saw blankets placed over at least three bloodied bodies. Amid the chaos, police told people: “Everybody disburse, please. It is not safe to be here.”
Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering expressed shock that an event commemorating the Declaration of Independence, establishing the United States of America, turned into tragedy.
“On a day that we came together to celebrate community and freedom, we’re instead mourning the tragic loss of life,” the mayor said. She added that the festival had been canceled and asked people to avoid the downtown area.
Heavily armed security forces roamed the streets searching for a suspected shooter still thought to be at large, footage suggested.
At a press conference, local police commander Chris O’Neill described the shooter as a young white male who was “armed and dangerous.”
Resident Miles Zaremski she’s telling reporters that he “heard 20 to 25 shots, which were in rapid succession. So it couldn’t have been just a handgun or a shotgun.”
Speaking to local television station WGN, a witness called Michael said: “Immediately to the left of us, he started shooting again, and a woman went down.”
The shooting comes with gun violence fresh on the minds of many Americans.
A massacre on May 24 killed 19 school children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. And a May 14 attack killed ten people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York.
The latest violence comes about a heated political debate in the United States about gun control legislation and how to end the mass shootings in the nation.
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