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A mass shooting terrorizes a Fourth of July parade in suburban Chicago

A Chicago Sun-Times reporter saw blankets placed over three bloodied bodies.

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CHICAGO – Police are responding to a shooting at a Fourth of July parade in suburban Chicago, authorities said Monday.

Authorities did not officially report any casualties, but witnesses described seeing bloodied bodies apparently covered with blankets.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the parade began around 10 a.m. but was abruptly stopped 10 minutes later after shots were fired. Several witnesses told the newspaper they heard gunfire.

Hundreds of parade-goers – some visibly bloodied – fled the parade, leaving behind chairs, baby carriages and blankets.

A Sun-Times reporter saw blankets placed over three bloodied bodies.

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The police told the people: “Everyone, please pay the money. It’s not safe to be here.”

Highland Park resident Debbie Glickman said she was at the parade with co-workers and the group was ready to turn onto the main route when she saw people fleeing the area.

“People started saying ‘There’s a shooter, there’s a shooter, there’s a shooter,'” Glickman told the Associated Press. “So we just ran. We just ran. It’s like mass chaos there.”

She heard no noises or saw anyone who appeared to be injured.

“I’m so scared,” she said. “It’s so sad.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter that it was assisting Highland Park police “with a shooting in the Independence Day parade area.”

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The sheriff’s office directed an AP reporter to contact Highland Park police. Police said no one was immediately available to discuss the incident.

The city said on Twitter that “Police are responding to an incident in downtown Highland Park. The fourth festival was cancelled. Please avoid downtown Highland Park. More information will be shared as it becomes available.”

The city said on its website that the parade will include floats, marching bands, new bands, community contributions and other special entertainment. The parade of children’s bikes and pets was also scheduled to start 30 minutes before the main parade.

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