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Little boy, 2, found bloodied and alone during Highland Park parade shooting is ORPHANED

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The little boy who was found Bloodied during Monday’s Highland Park shooting and lifted from under his father, he is left orphaned after both parents were killed in the horrific attack.

Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the seven people killed during the Fourth of July celebrations.

Their two-year-old son, Aiden, was separated from his parents during the chaos and was unharmed. He has been placed in the care of his grandparents.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Aiden’s family raise, nurture and support him. The account has already raised over $79,000.

At least seven people were killed and dozens more injured after a 21-year-old gunman opened fire at the Independence Day parade with an AR-15-type weapon.

The little boy, whose name has not been released, was found by Lauren Silva, 38, of Deerfield, and her boyfriend after they heard gunshots while on their way to Walker Bros restaurant.  Silva watched the child for about 20 minutes before going out again to get the father status

The little boy, whose name has not been released, was found by Lauren Silva, 38, of Deerfield, and her boyfriend after they heard gunshots while on their way to Walker Bros restaurant. Silva watched the child for about 20 minutes before going out again to get the father status

A little boy (pictured with an unidentified man) was reunited with his grandparents after being found under his injured father during the parade

A little boy (pictured with an unidentified man) was reunited with his grandparents after being found under his injured father during the parade

A little boy (pictured with an unidentified man) was reunited with his grandparents after being found under his injured father during the parade

Aiden was found by Lauren Silva, 38, of Deerfield, and her boyfriend after hearing gunshots as they headed for breakfast at Walker Bros restaurant.

Silva told the Daily Beast they emerged from a parking garage a few blocks from the shooting just as the violence began to unfold.

“We were just opening the door to go up the stairs and we heard it… boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom,” she told the Beast. “And it sounded like someone was banging on the glass doors.”

Silva and her boyfriend and his son started running towards the injured when her boyfriend suddenly shoved the little boy in her arms.

“My friend gave me this little boy and said he was under this father who had been shot in the leg,” she told the Beast.

“They were trying to stop the bleeding, so I took the boy downstairs into the garage.”

Once in the garage, she managed to clean up his scrapes and wash the blood off him. She said he was wearing one shoe and his sock was covered in blood.

“He kept asking if Mom and Dad would be back soon,” she said.

Silva returned from the parking garage after 20 minutes to check on the father. She handed the child over to a family with whom she was chilling in the garage, who took him to hospital and later handed him over to the police. According to Silva, he was eventually reunited with his grandparents.

Dana Ruder Ring, who looked after the child until 8 p.m., according to Fox 32 Chicagoposted the boy’s original photo to help identify him.

She told Fox 32 that he is too young to know his parents’ names.

Silva, a mother of two, said she holds the memory of the “child’s face and his touch and the sound of his voice.”

“I feel like I want to hold on to a little bit of emotion that I’m feeling, which is to tell that boy his father was coming back,” she said.

The gunman opened fire at 10:14 a.m. Monday, barely 15 minutes into the parade.  He then fled the scene and hid for the entire day before finally being arrested at 6:30 p.m. in Lake Forrest, eight miles north of where the massacre took place.

The gunman opened fire at 10:14 a.m. Monday, barely 15 minutes into the parade.  He then fled the scene and hid for the entire day before finally being arrested at 6:30 p.m. in Lake Forrest, eight miles north of where the massacre took place.

The gunman opened fire at 10:14 a.m. Monday, barely 15 minutes into the parade. He then fled the scene and hid for the entire day before finally being arrested at 6:30 p.m. in Lake Forrest, eight miles north of where the massacre took place.

First responders work at the scene of a shooting during a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park

First responders work at the scene of a shooting during a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park

First responders work at the scene of a shooting during a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park

Independence Day horror: A police officer sadly bows his head next to abandoned prams and chairs after a shooting that left seven people dead in Highland Park

Independence Day horror: A police officer sadly bows his head next to abandoned prams and chairs after a shooting that left seven people dead in Highland Park

Independence Day horror: A police officer sadly bows his head next to abandoned prams and chairs after a shooting that left seven people dead in Highland Park

The gunman, Robert “Bobby” Crimo, 21, has been taken into custody and is awaiting charges.

He began firing an AR-15-style weapon shortly after 10 a.m. from a rooftop along the parade route. Police said on Tuesday that Crimo dressed up as a woman to disguise himself and easily slipped into the crowd of panicked bystanders, evading law enforcement.

He was eventually arrested about eight hours after the shooting.

Video taken by a Sun-Times reporter after gunfire rang out, shows a band on a float that continues to play as people run screaming past. A photo posted to social media was found to show blood pools near upturned chairs in downtown Highland Park.

Miles Zaremsky, who has lived in the area since the 1960s, said he witnessed the “massacre.”

“The crowd started to stomp. I had never seen that before. I saw blood on people’s bodies. Two or three people looked dead to me. It was absolutely disgusting and heartbreaking and it gave me a stomachache.’

‘I saw a little boy’ [covered in blood] in the arms of his parents who looked [pale]† They screamed for medics… It’s surreal, it’s like out of a science fiction movie, but it’s real.”

Gina Troiani and her son were standing in line at his nursery, ready to walk out onto the parade route when she heard a loud noise she thought were fireworks — until she heard people yelling over a gunman.

“We just start running in the opposite direction,” she told the Associated Press.

Her five-year-old son rode his bicycle decorated with red and blue curled ribbons. He and other children in the group were holding small American flags.

The city said on its website that the festivities would include a children’s bicycle and an animal parade. Troiani said she pushed her son’s bike and ran around the neighborhood to get back to their car.

In a video Troiani shot with her phone, some children are visibly startled by the loud noise and scramble to the side of the road as a siren blares nearby.

“It was just kind of chaos,” she said. “There were people who were separated from their families and looking for them. Others just dropped their wagons, grabbed their kids and started running.”

Matt Phillip, director of a tasting room at Lynfred Winery, said he heard “what sounded like fireworks” before seeing people “running down the street.”

“We opened our doors so they could either take shelter in our facility or exit through our back door.”

He said about 30 people sheltered in the store for about 15 minutes.

Monday's parade in Highland Park was attended by dozens of locals who sat on the sidewalk cheering as bands marched by

Monday's parade in Highland Park was attended by dozens of locals who sat on the sidewalk cheering as bands marched by

Monday's parade in Highland Park was attended by dozens of locals who sat on the sidewalk cheering as bands marched by

Monday's parade in Highland Park was attended by dozens of locals who sat on the sidewalk cheering as bands marched by

Monday’s parade in Highland Park was attended by dozens of locals who sat on the sidewalk cheering as bands marched by

Monday's parade in Highland Park was attended by dozens of locals who sat on the sidewalk cheering as bands marched by

Monday's parade in Highland Park was attended by dozens of locals who sat on the sidewalk cheering as bands marched by

Panicked parade-goers were on the scene Monday.  There were loud noises from the crowd that some said were gunshots

Panicked parade-goers were on the scene Monday.  There were loud noises from the crowd that some said were gunshots

Panicked parade-goers were on the scene Monday. There were loud noises from the crowd that some said were gunshots

Monday's bloody scene after Robert 'Bobby' Crimo opened fire at a Fourth of July parade

Monday's bloody scene after Robert 'Bobby' Crimo opened fire at a Fourth of July parade

Monday’s bloody scene after Robert ‘Bobby’ Crimo opened fire at a Fourth of July parade

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said in a tweet that he is “closely monitoring the situation in Highland Park” and that the Illinois state police are assisting. The ISP said in an email that it helped respond to an active gunman reported around 10:24 a.m.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter that it is assisting Highland Park Police “with a shooting in the Independence Day parade route area.”

The sheriff’s office instructed an AP reporter to contact the Highland Park Police Department. Police said no one was immediately available for comment.

Debbie Glickman, a Highland Park resident, said she was sitting on a float with colleagues and the group was getting ready to head out onto the main trail when she saw people running from the area.

“People started saying, ‘There’s a shooter, there’s a shooter, there’s a shooter,’ Glickman told the Associated Press. “So we went for a run. We just ran. It’s like mass chaos down there.’

She heard no sounds and saw no one who appeared to be injured.

“I’m so shocked,” she said. “It’s just so sad.”