Photos: Deadly shooting at July 4 parade in Chicago suburb

At least six people died and 24 were injured in a shooting at a July 4 parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, and officials are looking for the gunman who likely fired at the celebrations from a rooftop, police said Monday.

Highland Park Police Commander Chris O’Neill, the scene’s chief of operations, urged people to protect themselves at the scene while authorities search for the shooter.

“At 10:14 am this morning, our community was terrorized by an act of violence that shook us to the core,” Mayor Nancy Rotering said at the news conference. “Our hearts go out to the families of the victims at this devastating time. On a day when we came together to celebrate community and freedom, we instead mourn the tragic loss of life and grapple with the terror that has been brought upon us.”

Hundreds of parade-goers – some visibly bloody – fled the parade route after shots were fired, leaving their belongings behind.

From early afternoon, signs of a joyful event that suddenly turned to horror filled both sides of Central Street, where the shooting took place. Dozens of baby carriages, some with American flags, abandoned children’s bicycles, a helmet decorated with Cinderella pictures were left in their haste. Blankets, lawn chairs, coffee and water bottles were thrown over as people fled.

Police officers and vehicles fill a street.

Police are searching downtown Highland Park, Illinois, following the shooting.

(Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

A person stands next to a pool of blood on the sidewalk.

Blood is collecting in Port Clinton Square in Highland Park.

(Lynn Sweet/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Police search a downtown street near a row of overturned camp chairs

Police are searching downtown Highland Park for the shooter.

(Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

A police officer raises yellow tape to allow a police vehicle through.

First responders work at the scene on Monday.

(Jim Vondruska/Getty Images)

Chairs and empty prams stand abandoned along the parade route.

Belongings left by parade-goers who fled the route when the shooting began.

(Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

A few people stand on a sidewalk amid a jumble of empty chairs, strollers, and scooters.

People check their belongings left along the parade route after the shooting.

(Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press) Photos: Deadly shooting at July 4 parade in Chicago suburb

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