Highland Park shooting: Witness describes attempts to rescue children, talks about tragedy

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A resident who witnessed the July 4 shooting near Chicago shared his experience and described the efforts adults have made to save children.

“I was sitting there,” Brad Kramer told Fox News. “The next thing I know, people are diving on top of me and throwing their kids under it.”

a shooter shot in the 4th of july paradesix dead and more than thirty injured. Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III was arrested as a person of interest in the shooting.

According to local reports, several children were injured in the shooting, including one who was 8 years old.

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A witness to the attack in Highland Park wipes his tears as he talks about the shooting.
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“The first thing was, save the kids,” Kramer told Fox News. “Get the kids.”

Kramer picked up his lawn chairs that he had left at the scene of the shooting as he described the attack to Fox News Tuesday morning. He occasionally choked and paused to wipe tears.

A witness to the July 4 shooting at a parade near Chicago points to where he was at the time of the shooting.

A witness to the July 4 shooting at a parade near Chicago points to where he was at the time of the shooting.
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“I sang along to the music, and in a split second people were running,” he said, adding that he didn’t hear the shots “because the marching band was in front of us.”

He told Fox News that a man came by and waved his arm, and then the band started running downhill with their instruments.

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Law enforcement officers work on the scene after a mass shooting at a July 4 parade near Chicago.

Law enforcement officers work on the scene after a mass shooting at a July 4 parade near Chicago.
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A man dove on top of Kramer and threw his daughter under Kramer’s lawn chair.

“What is happening?” Kramer asked the man, two inches from his face. The man responded, “Active shooter.”

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Children's sneakers and sunscreen lay next to lawn chairs left behind after the Highland Park Independence Day parade shooting.

Children’s sneakers and sunscreen lay next to lawn chairs left behind after the Highland Park Independence Day parade shooting.
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“Literally, they jump on top of the kids in case shots are fired,” Kramer told Fox News.

A witness to the Highland Park shooting recounts the tragedy as he picks up items he's left behind.

A witness to the Highland Park shooting recounts the tragedy as he picks up items he’s left behind.
(Fox News Digital/Lisa Bennatan)

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Kramer said he and others rushed to get kids to a nearby vestibule, but there wasn’t enough room for the adults.

Police deploy after gunfire in a July 4 shooting at a parade near Chicago in Highland Park, Illinois.  ABC connected WLS/ABC7 via REUTERS NO RESALE.  NO ARCHIVES.  MANDATORY CREDIT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Police deploy after gunfire in a July 4 shooting at a parade near Chicago in Highland Park, Illinois. ABC connected WLS/ABC7 via REUTERS NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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“The entire crowd could have been armed, and it wouldn’t have made a difference,” Kramer told Fox News. “If you go home and think about it, it’s the assault rifle. Every time it fires, it’s the assault rifle.”

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