The Village of Winnetka has canceled its Fourth of July fireworks at Duke Childs Field “out of respect” for the tragedy that occurred in Highland Park Monday morning.
A mass shooting during Highland Park’s Fourth of July parade has resulted in the deaths of at least six people and hospitalization of at least 24 more, according to local authorities.
The shooter remains at large as of 1:30 p.m. Monday, and “hundreds of police” are searching for a white male between the ages of 18-20 with long dark hair and a slim build. He reportedly was last seen wearing a white T-shirt. Covelli said authorities recovered a rifle, but still consider the suspect to be armed and dangerous.
Surrounding communities such as Glencoe, Northfield, Glenview, Northbrook and Winnetka canceled their Fourth of July festivities
A statement from the Village of Winnetka reads, “Out of respect for the victims of the shooting in Highland Park earlier today, and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our community, tonight’s fireworks at Duke Childs Field have been cancelled. The Park District and the Village carefully planned the parade, the events on the Green, and the fireworks, and looked forward to celebrating with you. We are heartbroken the celebration of our country’s founding has been cut short by a violent act in our neighboring community. It is our hope you are able to celebrate the remainder of Independence Day with your families and loved ones. Our thoughts are with our friends and neighbors in Highland Park and all who have been impacted by this tragedy.”
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