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Six Flags amusement park shooting near Chicago leaves 3 hurt


The shooting … had not been a random act, and were a targeted incident that occurred beyond your park.

Emergency vehicles are shown in the parking large amount of Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill., Sunday night, Aug. 14, 2022. Kaitlin Washburn/Chicago Sun-Times via AP

By Associated Press

GURNEE, Ill. (AP) Three individuals were injured in a shooting in a parking large amount of an amusement park north of Chicago that sent visitors scrambling for safety, authorities said.

Officers responded about 7: 50 p.m. Sunday after 911 calls reporting shots fired at Six Flags Great America, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of Chicago, the Gurnee Police Department said.

The shooting had not been a random act, and were a targeted incident that occurred beyond your park, police said in a statement posted to Facebook.

In accordance with a short investigation, police said a white sedan entered the parking lot and drove toward the parks front entrance. People got from the car and shot at someone else in the parking lot before driving away, police said.

Additional detail concerning the suspects, like the amount of people who fired shots, wasnt immediately released. Police were investigating.

A 17-year-old boy from Aurora, Illinois, had a thigh wound and a 19-year-old woman from Appleton, Wisconsin, had a leg wound, police said. These were taken up to a hospital and their wounds were referred to as non-life-threatening. A third victim had a shoulder injury and declined to be studied to a hospital.

In a statement, Six Flags Great America said park security responded immediately alongside Gurnee officers.

WGN News in Chicago spoke with Laurie Walker and her daughter, Grace, who have been in the park once the shooting occurred. Walker said these were waiting in line for an attraction around 7: 50 p.m. when she noticed people running.

There’s a dynamic shooter, get down, get down, Walker said she heard someone shouting. We didnt know very well what was going on, so we get down.

Walker and her daughter climbed two fences to obtain where she could call her husband. Walker told WGN she could leave the park afterwards.

Gurnee is in Lake County, about 5 miles south of the Wisconsin border. Its about 20 miles north of Highland Park, where seven people died in a mass shooting throughout a July Fourth parade.

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