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‘We need to end this horror’: Vice President Harris is visiting the shooting site in Highland Park, Ill.

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WASHINGTON – Vice President Kamala Harris paid an unannounced visit late Tuesday night to the site of the July 4 parade shooting at Highland Park, Illinois, in which seven people were killed and about 40 injured.

Harris Motor Caf arrived at the shooting location at 7:05 p.m., local time. Children’s bikes, a baby stroller, water coolers, toys and lawn chairs were scattered on the brick sidewalk.

Harris and second gentleman Douglas Amhoff, who was invited by Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rottering to visit the scene, spoke with local officials for several minutes.

“We have to take this stuff seriously,” Harris said. “The whole nation must understand and there must be a level of empathy to understand that this can happen anywhere, in any peace-loving community. And we must stand together.”

“Thanks for coming!” The surrounding residents shouted.

Earlier Tuesday, Harris called the shooting a “stupid act of gun violence” during remarks at a meeting of the National Education Association in Chicago.

“We need to end this horror,” she said. “We need to stop this violence. And we must protect our communities from the terror of gun violence.

Harris said the nation has made little progress toward stopping gun violence, citing bilateral legislation President Joe Biden signed into law late last month that would increase background checks on gun buyers between the ages of 18 and 21.

The law, passed after a primary school shooting that killed 19 children and two adults in Texas’ Uwalde, encourages states to develop better “red flag” laws that would deny guns to people considered dangerous and include funding for mental health. Services and school safety.

Still, “we have more to do,” Harris said.

Michael Collins covers the White House. Follow her on Twitter @mcollinsNEWS.

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