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Highland Park The July 4th parade shooting "was like a war zone," witnesses say.

NEWYou can now listen to FoxNews articles. Witnesses reportedly after a mass shooting ofat the parade on July 4, killing at least six people and injuring 34 in a prestigious highland park on the outskirts of Chicago. I explained the turmoil.

"It looked like a war zone," Paul Chessler told ABC7 Chicago. 

Chessler and his girlfriend were watching the parade when a shooter on the roof fired at around 10:14 am. But suddenly people started running east on Central Avenue and realized it was a gun battle, "he said. "

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Strong shooter The main parade had just begun when allegedly used rifles to spray bullets from a nearby rooftop into the crowd.Highland ParkPolice Commander Chris O'Neill said at a press conference on Monday. He told reporters. 

Police described the shooting as random, and the suspects were still large, white men aged 18 to 20 years, with long black hair and a slight physique. He left his weapons on the scene, police said.

After the crowd was dispersed, Chessler and his girlfriend walked west. "Paramedic is out of the way. He was working on at least three or four people who could have been shot or injured while scrambling. " "You saw people absolutely afraid. People were crying."

Law enforcement search after a mass shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade in downtown Highland Park, a Chicago suburb on Monday, July 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Search for law enforcement agencies after mass shooting in Highland Park Monday, July 4, 2022 Parade on July 4 in downtown Highland Park on the outskirts of Chicago .. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)(Associated Press)

{67 Alexander Sandval (39 years old), who lives in Highland Park, isChicago Sun Times. He toldthat he woke up before 7am and set up a lawn chair and blanket in front of the main stage of the family parade.

"When I saw the navy marchers and floats passing by and first heard the gunshot, I thought they shot the blank in honor of the flag," he said. Said. "But then I saw people start running, and the shots went on. We started running."

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In the turmoil, Sandval and his 5-year-old son fled in one direction and his partner, Amylani Garcia. And her 6-year-old is another daughter.

"I grabbed his son and tried to break into one of the local buildings, but I couldn't," he told the newspaper. "I kept running and hit the alley and put my son in the dump, and he was safe."

The video footage of the aftermath of the attackIt shows that people are fleeing for safety and rushing to throw away baby strollers, bicycles and lawn chairs.

A Fourth of July parade-goer runs for cover after gunfire was heard at the parade Monday morning, July 4, 2022, in a suburb of Chicago. (Lynn Sweet/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

The participants of the parade on July 4th were 2022. A gunshot was heard at a parade on the outskirts of Chicago on Monday morning, July 4, 2014. (Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)(Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

After the gun battle is over, Sandval Looked for a partner and found a stepdaughter, the ground where the body was scattered. "I saw the shot boy carried away," he said.  "It was just a horror."

Gina Troiani and her five-year-old son were about to join the parade route in a day care class. He was riding a bicycle adorned with curled red and blue ribbons, and his classmates were holding the American flag. When the shooting started, she thought it was a fireworks until someone started yelling "shooter".

We have just started running, "Troiani said. 

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Illinois Senator Julie Morrison She and her family on the convertible toldCBS Chicagothat they had just entered the ramp to attend the parade when they heard the popping sound they thought was fireworks.

"Suddenly a few women started running. Then it was like a wave of people. They cried, there were active shooters, and people said they were shot." She remembered. "It was like you see in a movie."

Law enforcement agencyis looking for a suspect.

Related presses have contributed to this report.

Rebecca Rosenberg is a veteran journalist and book author with a focus on crime and criminal justice. She emails tips torebecca.rosenberg@fox.comand @ReRosenberg.