BEAST (August 19, 2022)

Mass shooting at chicago july 4th parade

Illinois State Police troopers responded to a “reported active shooter” at the Highland Park Parade, and are currently in an “assist role,” they said in a statement. 

“This incident is in its infancy and no further information is available at this time,” the state police said.

“It was sickening,” Highland Park resident describes scene at parade

Miles Zaremski, a Highland Park, Illinois, resident, told CNN he was walking to the Fourth of July parade when he heard a “pop” and thought that maybe a car backfired.

“And then there were multiple pops,” he told CNN’s Katilan Collins. “I’d say I heard maybe, and I’m guessing, about 30 pops. There was a pause in between, a set of pops, and then a second set of pops. And then the crowd that was on either side of [Central Ave.] started rushing, a stampede like, going west, which is against me,” he explained.

He added, “It was sickening. It was just chaotic and I’m not going to get into the politics of gun control, but if it can happen in a suburb like Highland Park, which is loving and peaceful and a Chicago suburb, not only can it happen in churches and synagogues and schools, but it can happen in any community.”

Several neighboring communities have canceled their 4th of July celebrations after an alleged shooting at a parade in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday morning.

The City of Evanston tweeted it is canceling celebrations “due to an abundance of caution.” The Village of Deerfield said it cleared activities going on at Jewett Park and canceled the parade.

The Village of Arlington Heights, Illinois, has also canceled the remaining events for Frontier Days, according to their official Twitter account. 

“Due to the tragedy that occurred this morning in Highland Park, and out of an abundance of caution, the remaining scheduled activities at Frontier Days, including the evening concert, have been cancelled,” the Arlington Heights, Illinois, tweet reads.

Arlington Heights is located west of Highland Park. 

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