Video captures horrific July 4 US parade mass shooting in Chicago suburb

Updated on Jul 05, 2022 08:19 AM IST

July 4 Highland Park mass shooting: Six people died and dozens were injured in yet another shooting incident in the US. 

Officers gather at the scene of the Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, Illinois. (AFP)
Officers gather at the scene of the Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, Illinois. (AFP)

Another shooting incident in the United States - on the day the country was celebrating its independence - has been etched in the public memory in reminder of the gun violence menace the country faces every now and then.

It was a morning of celebration for a Chicago suburb when suddenly dozens of bullets were fired, followed by a pandemonium and chaos in the streets amid screams. Shocking visuals and videos have emerged on social media.

One of the clips, which is particularly disturbing, captures the moment when the attacker opened fire from a rooftop. People ran in all directions, seeking a shelter, and teens - on bicycles - could not understand what was happening.

Another video caught the confusion among onlookers. There were scores of people out on the streets to mark the July 4 holiday. One man is accompanied by a toddler.

Six people were killed and more than 30 suffered injuries in the Highland Park shooting and the motive of the attacker is yet to be unfolded.

After hours long manhunt, a ‘person of interest’ - Robert E Crimo III - was held by cops. He was reportedly spotted by a North Chicago officer, trying to initiate a traffic stop.

In May, two shootings from the country had caught global attention - a school shooting in Texas in which 21 were shot dead, and one from a grocery store in New York that claimed 10 lives.

Shortly after the shooting, US president Joe Biden tweeted: “Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community this Independence Day. As always, we are grateful for the first responders and law enforcement on the scene. I will not give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence.”

It is yet to be seen how the US will grapple with the menace even as the US Supreme Court last month struck down a law linked to restrictions on use of weapons.

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