Highland Park shooting victims, death toll: what we know

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  • Seven people were killed in a shooting at a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
  • Dozens more were injured and taken to hospital, some with life-threatening injuries.
  • Other victims were identified Tuesday afternoon, including the parents of a 2-year-old who was found alone after the shooting.

A mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois on Monday killed seven and injured dozens more.

People at the parade described first mistaking the gunfire for fireworks and then running to safety.

After Monday’s shooting, authorities said seven people were killed.

Five adults were pronounced dead at the scene Monday and a sixth victim died in hospital after being removed from the scene.

On Tuesday, Christopher Covelli, deputy chief of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed to Insider that a seventh victim died in the shooting.

Authorities released the names and ages of six of the seven victims during a news conference on Tuesday.

  • Irina McCarthy, 35, from Highland Park
  • Kevin McCarthy, 37, of Highland Park
  • Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63, of Highland Park
  • Katherine Goldstein, 64, of Highland Park
  • Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78, from Morelos, Mexico
  • Stephen Straus, 88, of Highland Park
  • Edward Uvaldo, 69, of Waukegan

Here’s what we know so far about those killed.

A tricycle is seen near the scene of a mass shooting on a July 4th parade route in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois July 4, 2022

A tricycle is seen near the scene of a mass shooting on a July 4th parade route in Highland Park, Illinois, on July 4, 2022.

REUTERS/Max Herman


Nicholas Toledo Zaragoza

Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza was in Illinois to visit family, his family told the Chicago Sun Times.

His granddaughter Xochil Toledo told the Sun-Times that Nicolas wasn’t sure if he wanted to take part in the parade but that his family didn’t want to leave him alone. The New York Times reported that he had disabilities that prevented him from being left alone.

Xochil told the Sun-Times that during the parade he was “so happy. Happy to live in the moment.”

Then bullets started hitting him, she said.

She told the Times: “We realized that our grandfather was hit. We saw blood and everything spattered on us.”

“He was the one who saved all of our lives. It would have been up to me, my boyfriend or my cousins,” she told The Sun Times.

Toledo-Zaragoza was 78 years old, his son Alejo Toledo told the New York Post.

“We’re all feeling pretty numb. We’re all pretty broken inside,” his granddaughter told CBS Chicago.

The family was supposed to have a barbecue after the parade but are instead in shock, the Sun-Times reported. Xochil said her father and boyfriend were also shot and her father was released but her boyfriend was still in hospital as of Monday.

Jacki Sundheim

Jacki Sundheim, a local synagogue worker, was also killed in the shooting.

North Shore Congregation Israel said in a statement that she is a “beloved” member of her staff and a longtime member of her community.

“There are no words sufficient to express the depth of our sadness at Jacki’s death and our condolences to her family and loved ones,” the statement said.

She is survived by her husband Bruce and daughter Leah, The Times of Israel reported, citing the synagogue.

Irina and Kevin McCarthy

Irina and Kevin McCarthy were parents to a baby boy who was also present at the July Fourth parade, according to a GoFundMe set up for the murdered couple.

Their 2-year-old son, Aiden, was separated from his parents during the shooting that killed Irina and Kevin. A woman who encountered Aiden during the chaos took him to the police station to reunite him with his family, CBS News reported.

But his parents never came.

According to the online fundraiser, the community eventually reunited Aiden with his grandparents. The site said Aiden will be raised by his grandparents, Misha and Nina Levberg.

“He will have a long road ahead to heal, find stability, and eventually navigate life as an orphan,” wrote fundraiser organizer Irina Colon.

GoFundMe raised $2,247,250 as of Wednesday afternoon.

Edward Uvaldo

Edward Uvaldo was identified as the seventh shooting victim by the Cook County coroner on Wednesday, CBS News reported. Uvaldo had sustained serious injuries and was taken to Evanston Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead at 7:47 a.m., the outlet reported.

In a GoFundMe fundraiser, Uvaldo’s family said he was shot in the head and arm, and his wife Maria was also injured by “shrapnel in the head.”

“My grandpa is a kind, loving and funny man who didn’t deserve this,” said Nivia Guzman, the organizer of the fundraiser, on Tuesday.

“We just got word that there is nothing left for our daddy to do,” Guzman later wrote in an update. “Any further donations will be used to support my grandmother’s needs when the time comes.”

8-year-old among the injured

Another 25 people were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds, Brigham Temple, the medical director for emergency preparedness at NorthShore University HealthSystem, said at a news conference Monday. Some of them were released.

The ages of these patients ranged from eight to 85 years and included four to five children, Temple said.

The hospital patient’s injuries varied, Temple said: “Some of them were minor. Some of them were much more severe and some of these patients were in critical condition when they got here at the hospital,” Temple said.

Nineteen patients were treated and discharged as of 4:30 p.m. local time on Monday.

A GoFundMe page for victims of the shooting has raised $317,862 as of Wednesday afternoon. Another for Toledo has raised more than $123,000. A third site, organized by VictimsFirst, raised $32,372 for a goal of $320,000.

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