mass shooting in Illinois
mass shooting in IllinoisReuters

At least six people have been killed and 19 wounded in a mass shooting at a Fourth of July celebration in Highland Park, Illinois Monday.

The shooting occurred shortly after 10 am local time during a parade to celebrate American Independence Day. Footage from the scene shows terrified bystanders fleeing in the opposite direction of the parade following the shooting.

Witnesses reported seeing multiple people lying on the ground bleeding from gunshot wounds. There are unconfirmed reports of fatalities at the scene.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office confirmed that a shooting had taken place at the parade and urged people to avoid the area,

Police forces are at the scene.