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2 victims of Ill. parade shooting identified

Randy Mancini 5 Jul 4
Two police officers stand their post, the day after a deadly mass shooting on the Westside of the Highland Park, Ill., Tuesday, July 5, 2022, as the American flag flies at half-staff on the Eastside. A shooter fired on an Independence Day parade from a rooftop spraying the crowd with gunshots initially mistaken for fireworks before hundreds of panicked revelers of all ages fled in terror. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Two police officers stand their post, the day after a deadly mass shooting on the Westside of the Highland Park, Ill., Tuesday, July 5, 2022, as the American flag flies at half-staff on the Eastside. A shooter fired on an Independence Day parade from a rooftop spraying the crowd with gunshots initially mistaken for fireworks before hundreds of panicked revelers of all ages fled in terror. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Two of the six people killed in the Illinois parade shooting have been identified. The North Shore Congregation Israel identified member Jacki Sundheim as one of Monday’s victims.

Additionally, the family of Nicholas Toledo, a Mexican native in his late 70s, confirmed he was also killed in the attack. The identities of the other victims have not yet been released.

Police said the gunman, Robert Crimo III, opened fire from the rooftop of a high rise building just as the Fourth of July parade kicked off Monday morning in downtown Highland Park, which is located north of Chicago.

“On a day that we came together to celebrate community and freedom we are instead mourning a tragic loss of life and struggling with the terror that was brought upon us,” voiced Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering.

People fled for cover following reports of a #shooting at an #IndependenceDay parade in #HighlandPark, Illinois on Monday. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said they were assisting police in responding to the shooting in the north #Chicago suburb. pic.twitter.com/4M7SRzMu0D

— Chaudhary Parvez (@ChaudharyParvez) July 4, 2022

Authorities say the shooting appears to be random and not targeted. The suspect previously recorded rap songs with lyrics and visual imagery highly suggestive of mental instability and violent tendencies.

“People started saying ‘There’s a shooter, there’s a shooter, there’s a shooter,’” said resident Debbie Glickman. “So we just ran. We just ran. It’s like mass chaos down there.”

BREAKING- Six killed, 24 wounded in US July 4 parade shooting: police.#HighlandPark #Chicago #FourthOfJulyParade #FourthOfJulyMassacre pic.twitter.com/RZ5IYPgfLu

— Chaudhary Parvez (@ChaudharyParvez) July 4, 2022

All Independence Day celebrations were been canceled in the city and surrounding areas. The attack is just the latest in a wave of public shootings to hit the US in recent weeks. Authorities are asking anyone with any video surveillance to contact the Highland Police Department.

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