Numerous people have reportedly been shot during a July 4th parade in Highland Park, Illinois, just two blocks away from a popular Lubavitch shul – The Central Avenue Synagogue.
Police and firefighters responded to the scene on 2nd Street and Central Avenue at about 10:15 a.m. First responders reported multiple victims, with CPR required for several of them.
Parade-goers scattered as gunshots rang out, leaving behind chairs, baby strollers and blankets they had brought to what they innocently believed would be a nice, peaceful outing.
A Lubavitcher bochur was at the parade running a tefillin stand when the shots rang out just a block away from him. His father, Eliezer Zalmanov, wrote in a Twitter post that his son called to say that he was safe and had evacuated to the nearby Chabad house.
The parade has been completely halted, with police now patrolling the area with rifles. There is no word yet on whether a suspect has been apprehended or identified.
Apparently he was a block away from the shooting and as soon as it started he safely evacuated to the Chabaf House.
— Eliezer Zalmanov (@ezalmanov) July 4, 2022
My staff and I are closely monitoring the situation in Highland Park. State police are on the scene and we have made all state resources available to the community. We will continue working with local officials to help those affected.
— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) July 4, 2022