Rainan Lowrey, 19, was in his apartment overlooking the parade route in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday when he heard gunshots. Lowrey said he didn’t realize they were gunshots at first and thought the noise was from fireworks.
“I saw everyone look confused and then running in terror,” he told CNN. “I’m a photographer and videographer so my instinct was to record.”
In a video Lowrey recorded, gunshots can be heard immediately, and people can be seen fleeing the scene. The video continues with more sounds of gunshots — for nearly 20 seconds in the minute-long video — and people can be heard screaming.
After he ended his recording, Lowrey said he went downstairs and, along with other neighbors, let people into the building’s lobby to get to safety.
“I’ve never experienced anything like this,” he said. “You don’t expect something like this to happen.”
He said that police later searched his apartment building and that he has shared the video he recorded with the authorities.
Watch the video: