What we know about Highland Park July 4th parade mass shooting

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At least six people were killed and two dozen others hospitalized in a mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, police officials said at a press conference Monday.

The latest: Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputy chief Christopher Covelli said at the press conference Monday that the suspect was an 18- to 20-year-old white male with long black hair who should be considered "armed and dangerous."

  • The shooting "appears to be completely" random, Covelli said.
  • Officials recovered a “high-powered rifle" at the scene, said Covelli, who did not specify if the weapon had a high-capacity magazine.
  • Hospitalized victims were in "serious" and "critical" condition by midday Monday, Covelli said. Information about the victims' ages was not released.

What they're saying: President Biden said he was "shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day."

  • He said he offered federal support for the Highland Park community and he would continue to monitor the situation.
  • Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he is "closely monitoring the situation" and state police are on the scene in Highland Park.
  • Several witnesses said they heard multiple shots fired at the parade. Attendees fled the scene, leaving behind chairs, baby strollers and blankets, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Multiple cities in Illinois canceled their Fourth of July celebrations in response to reports of a shooting....

  • The city of Evanston said it canceled its July 4 parade and celebrations due to the "tragic mass shooting" in

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