UPDATE: Shooting at Independence Day parade in US

Six people have been killed and 16 more wounded in a shooting that hit an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois, the local media reported on Monday, citing authorities. 

The shooting took place about 10 minutes after the parade began at 10am local time in the Chicago suburb. Police urged people to disperse and were seen patrolling the area with rifles in search of the shooter.

The shots were fired around Central Avenue and Second Avenue along the parade route in downtown Highland Park, an affluent suburb to the north of Chicago.

While its urban neighbor is infamous for high levels of gun violence, Highland Park itself is generally viewed as remarkably safe, with violent crime rates 75% lower than the national average.