Several gunmen opened fire in a parking lot in suburban Chicago where people had gathered to celebrate the federal holiday, the sheriff’s office said
One person was killed and at least 22 were injured when several people opened fire on a crowd in a parking lot in the Chicago suburb of Willowbrook, police said Sunday, as people gathered to celebrate June 15.
“We know that 22 victims were injured and one victim was shot. Several other victims were also injured when they tried to flee the area,” The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Deputies were monitoring the rally but had to leave shortly after midnight to respond to a call about a fight at another location, according to the sheriff’s office. They rushed back to the parking lot after hearing gunshots.
Deputy Chief Eric Swanson told reporters the motive behind the shooting was unclear.Sheriff’s spokesman Robert Carroll said police were interviewing “Stakeholders.”
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Local resident Rick Wagner (Rick Wagner) told the Daily Herald that 300 to 400 people had gathered in the parking lot of a shopping center when the shooting took place.
At least five people were killed and 35 were injured across Chicago on Saturday and Sunday, according to media reports. In one instance, two teenagers were shot, one of them fatal.
In 2021, Juneteenth, which commemorates the abolition of slavery in the United States, is designated a federal holiday.
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