July 4 marred by parade shootings: 6 dead in Chicago, 2 Police Officers shot in Philadelphia

NEW DELHI Updated: Jul 05, 2022, 12:09 PM(IST)

Police took a man into custody Monday in connection with a shooting rampage that left six people dead and at least 30 injured at a July 4th parade in Chicago suburb.

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A gunman on a rooftop opened fire on an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago on Monday, killing at least six people, wounding at least 30 and sending hundreds of marchers, parents with strollers and children on bicycles fleeing in terror, police said. Authorities said a man named as a person of interest in the shooting was taken into police custody Monday evening after an hourslong manhunt in and around Highland Park, an affluent community of about 30,000 on Chicago’s north shore.

At least six people were killed in a shooting that rocked a Fourth of July parade in a Chicago suburb on Monday, further dividing a nation already torn apart by high court decisions on abortion and guns as well as hearings on the Jan. 6 uprising.

The most recent mass shooting occurred as the country looked for an occasion to commemorate its founding and the ties that continue to bind it. It was planned that people would skip work, attend parades, chow down on hamburgers and hot dogs at home barbecues, and congregate beneath the stars to watch fireworks.

But a Highland Park march abruptly came to an end after bullets were fired, killing at least six people. Hundreds of parade attendees fled the scene, some of them were clearly injured, leaving behind blankets, chairs, and baby strollers. A person of interest was taken into custody by the authorities Monday night.

Fireworks started to explode as the Highland Park neighbourhood wept and around the nation. Soon after sunset, pyrotechnic displays erupted in Boston and New York City, where a kaleidoscope of colour illuminated skyscrapers and exploded over the Hudson River.

Two Police Officers shot in Philadelphia 

Also, two police officers were shot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when tens of thousands of people were enjoying a concert and fireworks display to mark Fourth of July.

It happened near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is where the incident happened. According to CBS3 Philadelphia's story, which cited the police department, both officers were in stable condition. The shooter is being sought for by the police.

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President Joe Biden, in remarks Monday celebrating 246 years of America’s independence, sought to reassure a nation both exhausted and unsettled by recent events.

“In recent days, there’s been reason to think this country is moving backwards, that freedom is being reduced, that rights we assumed were protected are no longer,” Biden said in remarks to military families and administration officials enjoying a picnic on the South Lawn of the White House. “I know it can be exhausting and unsettling, but tonight I want you to know we’re going to get through all of this.”

Many people perceive America as being divided, but according to Biden, "I believe we are more united than we are divided."

He described the killing in a tweet from earlier in the day as "senseless gun violence that has yet again brought sadness to an American town this Independence Day."

“I will not give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence,” the president tweeted.

We live in uncertain times. The Highland Park shooting will have an impact on a nation already traumatised by recent mass killings at a Texas elementary school and a New York supermarket, as well as the economic crisis that looms.

Recent Supreme Court rulings that struck down a New York law restricting who is allowed to carry a pistol in public and that overturned the constitutional right to an abortion have also shown stark social and political disparities.

However, despite lowering coronavirus precautions, many had cause to congregate and celebrate for the first time in three years.

Due of the pandemic, Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest moved away from its usual venue in Brooklyn's Coney Island district for two years.

In addition to commemorating togetherness and putting aside political differences, many people used July 4 to think back on the revolution that gave rise to history's longest-lasting democracy.

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