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‘Composed’ children helped one another as panicked adults fled Highland Park gunman: ‘They knew what to do’
Kristen Carlson and her family were late to the Highland Park parade on Independence Day. Once they got to the parade a mass of people started racing toward them, screaming that shots had been fired.
"I'm in my mother's house in Highland Park, in the 200 block of Highland, and I think the shooting was around in the 600 block, so it's just a few blocks away and we're sheltering in place in my mom's house," said Carlson.
"It didn't register to me that they were shots," she sobbed. "But then people started running. All these people were running at us and they were screaming that there's a shooter and to run, and then the sirens were so loud and people running, coming running at us and then we were running, and then there were some people who weren't necessarily from the immediate area and we gave them shelter in the backyard. Eventually, everyone got home. They were picked up."
She explained that she has two older kids who were helping young children reunite with families when they got lost.
"People just ran and they just left their stuff and people were running," she continued. "It was terrifying. You could see the terror on their faces. I know I helped a little boy, Andrew, I helped him get back with his family, and there was another little boy who maybe was 7 and he was by himself, and another little boy of about the same age came over to him and said what's your name? And he said, 'my name is Blake.' And that little boy said, 'Blake, run. Come with me.' The little boy's family took Blake and they ran. They were running and the mom was panicked and looking for him, she didn't know where he was and I don't know where he ended up."
Carlson said she knows the family and that they're taking care of him until he can find his family.
"It struck me that these kids were little like between 7 and 10," she explained. "They were scared. They had terrified looks on their faces but they were so composed because they've been through active shooter drills and they knew what to do. They knew what to do because of moments like now."
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‘Let’s move on and celebrate’: Trump-backed Illinois candidate offers brief thoughts and prayers after Highland Park parade shooting
The Donald Trump-endorsed candidate for Illinois governor made brief mention of the Highland Park parade shooting in a campaign video he released a short time later of the Fourth of July.
At least six people were killed and dozens hospitalized in the shooting Monday during the Independence Day parade in the Chicago suburb, and gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey offered a brief acknowledgement in his holiday message.
"Twenty minutes away from here in Highland Park there was a shooting," Bailey said, surrounded by sign-wielding supporters. "There were several people that we know have been shot, that's all we can hope, and we're just going to take a moment and pray for the families and just pray for the law enforcement and even the organizers of this parade. They've done an amazing job. There's a lot of confusion, frustration that the parade's being canceled. They did the right thing because people's safety has got to come first."
"The shooter is still at large, so let's pray for justice to prevail," Bailey addd, "and now let's move on and celebrate the independence of this nation. We know the mission, we have got to get corruption and evil out of our government, and we have got to elect men and women of honor and of courage to get this country and this state back on track."
He then closed with a prayer on behalf of the families affected by the shooting and law enforcement.
\u201cIn response to the mass shooting close to where he is at, IL State Sen and Trump-endorsed candidate for Gov Dan Bailey releases a CAMPAIGN VIDEO: \u201cNow let\u2019s move on and celebrate the independence of this nation .. We have got to get corruption and evil out of our govt.\u201d\u201d— Ron Filipkowski \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Ron Filipkowski \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1656957812
Hours after lashing out at Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) the day after she said on national TV that he could be facing multiple criminal charges related to the Capitol riot on Jan. 6th, Donald Trump was back on his Truth Social account and making jokes about starting another insurrection.
On Independence Day.
Moving on from his earlier social media post where he raged, “Warmongering and despicable human being Liz Cheney, who is hated by the great people of Wyoming (down 35!), keeps saying, over and over again, that HER Fake Unselect Committee may recommend CRIMINAL CHARGES against a President of the United States who got more votes than any sitting President in history,” the former president complained he and his supporters are not being treated fairly.
"We don’t have a fair system of 'Justice' in this Country anymore. The way they are treating me & my supporters, compared to what happens to those 'on the other side,' is like day & night," he wrote.
He then added, "It has been this way for a long time, but never like it is today! All semblance of a 'FAIR & BALANCED' Media to look over, study, and report on what is going on in our Country is GONE! Fight on, America, Fight On! (Oh, I’m sorry. By using the word FIGHT, they will say I am inciting an Insurrection. Apologies!)."
You can see his Truth Social post here.