BREAKING: Five dead, 16 injured during mass shooting at 4th of July parade near Chicago [UPDATED]

A man stood on the roof of a store this morning and opened fire into a crowd at a 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, which is a suburb of Chicago.

At present they are reporting two dead and multiple injured.

Here’s more on the shooting:

59 NEWS – Two people were killed and multiple people were injured after a shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, according to police sources.

The parade was disrupted around 10:10 a.m. Monday after shots were fired. Witnesses reported seeing heavy police presence and fire vehicles. Some witnesses told WGN they saw multiple people running from the parade.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said their officers were assisting Highland Park police with a shooting in the area.

The public is being urged to avoid the downtown area.

Witnesses said the alleged gunman was on the roof of a store and fired into the parade crowd. Officials have not confirmed that information.

Officials said Fourth Fest, scheduled to start at noon, has been canceled. Metra service near the area has been suspended.

Below is a video of the chaos that ensued:

Nine people are said to be injured and the suspect is on the run…

UPDATE: As I feared, the death toll is being reported at 5 now and 16 hospitalized:

UPDATE: Police say the subject is still on the run. They describe him as a white male, 18-20 years old with long black hair:

We’ll have more on this as we get it…

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