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About 6 Dead In Mass Shooting At July 4 Parade

Gun violence has been an issue for over the years across the US, drawing condemnation and calls for gun control, especially in the aftermath of mass shootings.

July 4th’s shooting in Highland Park, a community north of Chicago was catastrophic. Witnesses described seeing bloodied bodies covered with blankets. The Chicago Sun-Times newspaper reported that parade began around 10am local time (15:00 GMT) but was suddenly halted 10 minutes later after shots were fired. “Everybody disperse, please. It is not safe to be here.” police said.

Amarani Garcia, who came to the parade with her young daughter, told the local ABC affiliate she heard gunfire nearby, then a pause for what she suspected was reloading, and then more shots again.

There were “people screaming and running. It was just really traumatising”, Garcia said. “I was very terrified. I hid with my daughter actually in a little store. It just makes me feel like we’re not safe anymore.”

US Congressman Brad Schneider, whose district includes Highland Park, said “Hearing of loss of life and others injured,” Schneider wrote on Twitter. “My condolences to the family and loved ones; my prayers for the injured and for my community; and my commitment to do everything I can to make our children, our towns, our nation safer. Enough is enough!”

Late last month, US President Joe Biden signed into law the first major federal gun reform in 30 years.

The US has seen 308 mass shootings so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

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