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Illinois gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey says let’s ‘move on’ after Highland Park parade shooting

Republican gubernatorial candidate, state Sen. Darren Bailey speaks at an election-night party on June 28, 2022 in Effingham, Illinois.

(Photo by Jim Vondruska/Getty Images) A GOP gubernatorial nominee in Illinois is getting attention for his choice of words in the hours after the deadly parade shooting on the Fourth of July in Highland Park. "Let’s pray for justice to prevail, and then move on and let’s celebrate the independence of this nation," state senator Darren Bailey said Monday in a Facebook live, surrounded by a crowd of people. Many held American flags and signs promoting Bailey’s gubernatorial candidacy.Bailey went live on Facebook at 11:45 a.m.

local time, which was less than two hours after someone opened fire on an Independence Day parade from a rooftop in the suburban Chicago city. At least six people were killed and at least 30 were wounded.A man described as a person of interest, Robert Crimo III, 21, has since been detained after an hourslong manhunt.

Charges are expected.RELATED: Highland Park parade shooting: Charges to be announced against Robert Crimo IIIBailey was in Skokie, Ill. and made the announcement on his Facebook page that the Fourth of July parade there had been canceled. "Unfortunately about 20 minutes away from here in Highland Park, there was a shooting," he said, adding that all they knew at the time was that some people had died.

He asked for a prayer for the families, first responders and the parade organizers. "They’ve done an amazing job. There’s a lot of confusion and frustration of the parade being canceled but they did the right thing because people’s safety has got to come first," he continued.People's belongings sit along the parade route after people fled the scene in

. reports Man Parke

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