Highland Park mayor: People said they could tell by looking at mass shooting victims which were unlikely to survive based on 'unbelievable violence' they endured

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Empty chairs, a bicycle and a stroller are seen after a mass shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade in downtown Highland Park, Ill., a Chicago suburb on Monday, July 4, 2022.
Empty chairs, a bicycle and a stroller are seen after a mass shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade in downtown Highland Park, Ill., a Chicago suburb on Monday, July 4, 2022.Nam Y. Huh/AP
  • Seven people died and dozens more were injured in a shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, during a Fourth of July parade.

  • Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering said people could tell which victims would not survive.

  • "Every person I've encountered has needed a hug and has started to cry," Rotering told Insider.

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering told Insider that people said they could determine which victims would likely not survive the "unbelievable violence" of Monday's mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, just by looking at them.

Dozens are still recovering after a gunman fired into the crowd at a Fourth of July parade, killing seven people and injuring at least 31 others. Six people died on Monday, and one died from their injuries on Tuesday. Nine people are currently hospitalized.

Law enforcement said Tuesday that the shooter carried out the attack with a rifle and shot over 70 rounds as people in the crowd fled for their lives. The shooting suspect has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder, Lake County State Attorney Eric Rinehart said at a press conference on Tuesday.

"The victims are ranging based on, obviously, their injuries," Rotering told Insider. "We lost another person who succumbed to their injuries. People said they could tell from looking at them who was going to make it and who likely would succumb just because of the unbelievable violence that they endured."

A doctor at the scene told NBC news on Monday that the injuries he saw following the shooting were akin to "the kind of injuries you'd probably see in wartime."

Rotering said the day devolved from a peaceful day where "everyone was in a celebratory mood" to a "mass evacuation" and "total chaos."

She also said the violence has taken a mental toll on the community, which she said is making use of free counseling resources. "Every person I've encountered has needed a hug and has started to cry," Rotering said. "That tells me that we are a community that is going to take a long time to heal."

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