Vice President Kamala Harris is expected to visit Chicago on Tuesday — one day after the Monday mass shooting that killed at least six people and wounded dozens more in a northern suburb of the crime- and violence-ridden city.

The vice president’s office did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment on whether the trip, which was announced Friday, will still happen after the massacre at a Fourth of July parade in the suburb.

Harris is scheduled to speak at the National Education Association’s annual summit in downtown Chicago after the slaughter about 30 miles away in Highland Park, Ill.

Police have not yet identified a suspect in the mass shooting, but are looking for a white male with long dark hair who is aged 18 to 20 years.

Crime in Democrat-led Chicago is up 34% overall this year compared to 2021, according to police statistics as of June 19. Violent crime — including murder, criminal sexual assault, aggravated battery and robbery — has increased 9.6% so far this year compared to last year, data shows.

President Biden was scheduled to host an Independence Day celebration on the White House lawn Monday evening before watching fireworks over the National Mall.

In a written statement, Biden said he was “shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day.”

Police are still looking for the person who opened fire during a Fourth of July celebration in Highland Park, Chicago.
Police are still looking for the person who opened fire during a Fourth of July celebration in Highland Park, Illinois.
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Law enforcement officers walk around a crime scene after a shooting at a Fourth of July parade on July 4, 2022 in Highland Park, Illinois.
Law enforcement officers walk around a crime scene after a shooting at a Fourth of July parade on July 4, 2022 in Highland Park, Illinois.
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Biden added, “I recently signed the first major bipartisan gun reform legislation in almost thirty years into law, which includes actions that will save lives. But there is much more work to do, and I’m not going to give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence.”

The bipartisan reform law aimed to, among other changes, establish more substantial background checks for people between the ages of 18 and 21 — after 18-year-old suspects in May used AR-15-style semiautomatic rifles to murder 10 people at a Buffalo grocery store and 21 people at an Uvalde, Texas, elementary school.

The Highland Park tragedy follows the vehicular assault on a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis., in November that killed six people. The suspect in that attack, Darrell Brooks, is charged with first degree murder.



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