City authorities held a second news conference Monday afternoon to give an update on the mass shooting that left at least six people dead during a July 4th parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
The parade’s route, downtown Highland Park and the city’s central business districts remain an active crime scene, Highland Park Police Commander Chris O’Neill said. Authorities are recommending that people living in that area continue to shelter in place.
“Currently we have an active crime scene in our central business district. The perimeter is Green Bay road to Laurel avenue to St. Johns Avenue to Elm Place. And we have police personnel in that area continuing the investigation and clearing businesses and buildings,” O’Neill said.
Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said there are five adults dead at the scene of the shooting. Those individuals have been identified and officials are working to notify their families.
Banek went on to say another deceased victim was taken to a hospital.
Highland Park Fire Chief Joe Schrage shared information those injured in the shooting, saying that nearly two dozen people were transported to area hospitals by first responders:
- 10 to Highland Park Hospital
- 6 to Lake Forest Hospital
- 7 to Evanston Hospital
Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Chief Chris Covelli added there were also self-transports to area hospitals, and that the total number of people hospitalized may be higher than is currently understood.