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"People just fall and fall": Witnesses explain the horrors of Illinois parade shooting

"I thought,'Dad, no, something is wrong,' and grabbed him and ran," Powellsack told CNN. The person behind me also started running.

"And in retrospect ... and that was exactly this sea of ​​panic, and people were just falling and falling," she recalled.

Pawelczak was one of the witnesses who talked about horror just hours after the shooting in the suburbs of Chicago. According to officials, someone fired from the roof as the parade passed nearby,killing at least six people and injuring about 20 people. Police were still searching for the suspect on Monday afternoon.

Pawelczak, who has just returned from Arizona, said she attended an event as a child and went to a parade to deepen her ties with her father. After her band passed, she heard a long round shot-probably over 50, she said.

She believed she saw at least one shot dead, and she suffocated and told CNN. She didn't immediately know who it was.

She said they hid behind a trash can for about an hour after she grabbed her father and before police took them and others to a sporting goods store. She and her father were fine, but others in the store were injured.

"A man was shot in the head-like an ear. He was bleeding all over his face," Pawelczak told CNN. "There was another girl escorted and (who) was shot in the foot."

Pawelczak and her father waited in the basement until police escorted them from the store.

Outside, the streets were "quite cluttered," Pawelczak said, and there was "blood everywhere."

"It looked like a battle zone," she said. "Gun violence is never okay. We must not be insensitive to this."

'Run, run, run-there is a shooter'

Warren Fried, who attended the parade with his wife and seven-year-old twins, saw police and ambulances passing by him at the parade he said, and then heard a series of gunshots. rice field. People began shouting "shooters" and "runs," and he and his family fled towards their car for safety.

"People were hiding and the kids were looking for their parents on the street. I was just in shock," he said.

Another attendee, Miles Zaremsky, who has lived in the area for about 37 years, first thought that the ammunition was a flashback from a parade vehicle or fireworks.

As it continued, he noticed that it was from a gun-and he saw people rushing away.

"I saw blood on the sidewalk. I saw a bloody body that looked dead," Zaremsky told CNN. "It made me sick. It was just chaotic."

Debbie Glickman, 54, was dancing to the music, she said. "Suddenly I saw people fleeing the parade."

"One of my friends said ..." Run, run, run-there's a shooter, there's a shooter! ", She recalled. Glickman ran and saw no shooters or injuries, she said.

"People thought the firecrackers might not have worked, but they were running, and ... it was an absolute mess," she said. .. "That was by far the most horrifying thing that has ever happened to me."