In various social media videos, several gunshots could be heard, followed by a pause and another round of gunfire. In some videos, more than 50 shots are heard. During the shooting, crowds of people quickly fled the scene, leaving behind their belongings including chairs and strollers.
The Highland Park tragedy marked the 309th mass shooting in the U.S. in 2022, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which defines a mass shooting as four or more shot or killed, not including the shooter. According to reports, gunfire affected other cities across the country over the holiday weekend.