Highland Park Parade Mass Shooting: Family flees to nearby stores, children escape massacre by throwing them in a dumpster

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Attendees at an annual July Fourth parade in Highland Park, Illinois, are speaking out after fleeing a mass shooting left at seven people dead and dozens injured. 

The crowd raced for their lives and a little boy was left behind.

“It was just — pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, and then we just all started running,”Dana Ring said. 

Ring and Dave, Ring’s husband, rescued the child and brought it to their home. They then posted an appeal on social networks: “Do you know this child?”

“Every time I asked him his name, his response was, ‘Mama, dada, come get me soon? They come get me soon?'” Dana said.

Hours later, a cop got the couple’s number and picked up the little boy, Dave said.

Video taken by Chicago journalist Lynn Sweet shows a band playing on the back of a truck, unaware of the mayhem unfolding all around them.

“All of a sudden a sea of people was running towards me,”Sweet. “Just behind me I saw bodies. I saw wounded. I saw blood.”

Howard Prager, a tuba player, was at the truck.

“We thought, ‘How the heck do we get out of here? What do we do?’ And fortunately, a couple minutes later, there was an opening in the crowd. We were able to turn the truck around,”Prager stated.

Alex Sandoval, his little brother and son, grabbed their boy and ran. He found a safe spot to hide the boys in a dumpster metal and dropped them there.

“The garbage can seemed like a strong place to hide,”Sandoval stated.

Others sought shelter in local businesses. Video shows desperate families scrambling into a sporting goods store.

Another video was captured inside Lynfred Winery where Matt Philips is manager. 

“People started seeking shelter in our basement, bathroom, over in our back storage room. A lot of screaming children, consoling parents, just running for their lives,” Philips said.

Lilli Carasco, a teenager, was among those who were wounded. She took photos at the hospital of her, showing her blood-stained shirt, jeans, sneakers.

“I’m still in shock,”She tweeted. She was treated with stitches for the gunshot wound to her face.