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Witnesses recall the deadly "battle zone" in highland park parade shooting

Horrible witnesses when a wealthy parade on the outskirts of Chicago on Monday, July 4,began killing in a mass shooting. I explained how it turned into a deadly "battle zone". Turn off innocent drinkers.

Hundreds of locals fled in an initially confused shootout with Independence Day fireworks.started ringingafter 10 am in the upscale Highland Park.

Police said six people were killed and dozens more were injured when a gunner fired from the roof of a building overlooking the parade route.

"I grabbed my dad and started running," a witness named Zoe told CNN the moment he realized something was wrong.

"Looking back, I saw a girl shot and killed, probably 20 feet away from me. I saw her death. I saw something like this.

Zoe said she and her dad hid behind a trash can for about an hour before police led them to the basement of a nearby company.

"There were people we were hiding ... a man was shot in the head like his ears and he was bleeding all over his face," she says. I did. "Another escorted girl was shot in the foot."

People pause at the sound of gunshots.
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AlexanderSandovaltold the Chicago Sun-TimesHis family broke up because he desperately fled the scene — and he tried to put his five-year-old son in the trash can to protect him from bullets. Did.

"I grabbed my son and tried to break into one of the local buildings, but I couldn't," Sandoval said. "The shooting stopped. I think the [madman] was reloading. So I kept running and hit the alley and put my son in the trash to secure him."

Sandoval then , Said he started looking for a partner and a 6-year-old daughter.

"I saw the shot boy washed away," Sandoval said in tears. "It was just a horror."

He finally found the rest of his family evacuating to nearby McDonald's.

Gina Troiani begins yelling at the shooter at the beginning of the parade route when she hears a loud noise in a day care class with her five-year-old son, who initially thought it was fireworks. He said he was standing up to. ..

"We just start running in the opposite direction," she said.

Children, carrying a Highland Park Aquatics banner, pause after hearing gunfire, at a Fourth of July parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois, U.S. July 4, 2022.

"It was a kind of confusion," Troiani said. Added. "Some people were looking for them away from their families. Others dropped their wagons, grabbed their children and started running."

Local Debbie Glickman Said he was in a parade float when he saw people flee.

"People have a shooter! There is a shooter! There is a shooter!" Glickman said. "So we just ran. We just ran. It's like the turmoil there."

She said, "I'm very surprised .... very sad."