Chicago (AFP) – The Chicago White Sox spoke to Major League Baseball on Monday about postponing their game against the Minnesota Twins after a gunman opened fire at an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago, killing at least six people.
After speaking with MLB and contacting local authorities, the game was scheduled to start on time. But there have been storms in the area that could affect play.
The post-match fireworks display was canceled, and the team planned to observe a minute’s silence before first pitch.
“Our thoughts are with the Highland Park community,” the White Sox said in a statement. “The entire Chicago White Sox extends our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the innocent victims of today’s horrific shooting and all those affected by this tragedy.”
Police said the gunman wounded at least 30 and sent hundreds of protesters, parents with prams and children on bicycles fleeing in terror. The suspect remained at large hours later as authorities bulldozed the area.
Several nearby cities have canceled events, including parades and fireworks, and some have indicated that the Highland Park shooter is still at large.
“Something needs to change,” said Liam Hendricks, who is close to the White Sox. “Something has to be done, something has to happen because there are so many people losing their lives.”
The 4th of July shooting was the latest to break the rites of American life. Schools, churches, grocery stores, and now community rallies have all become killing grounds in recent months.
“Unfortunately, it’s almost daily,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said of the shooting. “Much.
“Even when there is an explanation, there is no explanation. It makes no sense.”
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