At least 20 additional doctors have been paged into a Highland Park facility to help treat the victims of Monday’s mass shooting at an Independence Day parade in the Chicago suburb, according to NorthShore Highland Park Hospital spokesperson Jim Anthony.
Anthony told CNN that at least 26 individuals were transported to NorthShore Highland Park Hospital and that five others were transported to a level-one trauma facility, NorthShore Evanston Hospital.
He said that the “vast majority” of individuals had suffered gunshot wounds, although there were some injuries caused by the chaos that ensured after shots rang out.
At least six people have been confirmed dead and more than two dozen remain injured. Witnesses described people as “stampeding away” during the shooting.
The suspect remains at large. Police have described the gunman to be a white male between the ages of 18 and 20. He reportedly has longer, black hair and a small build.
Although a firearm has been recovered from the scene, authorities have cautioned that the suspect may still be armed.
“This morning at 10:14, our community was terrorized by an act of violence that has shaken us to our core,” Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering said at a Monday press conference.
“On a day that we came together to celebrate community and freedom, we’re instead mourning the tragic loss of life and struggling with the terror that was brought upon us,” she added.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.