Six Flags shooting: Great America reopens in Gurnee, Illinois after 3 injured in parking lot, police say; victims out of hospital

Six Flags shooting: Great America reopens in Gurnee, Illinois after 3 injured in parking lot, police say; victims out of hospital

GURNEE, In poor health. (TOC) — Three individuals have been injured in a capturing within the car parking zone of Six Flags Nice America in Gurnee Sunday evening, police mentioned.

Gurnee police responded to the park after receiving 911 calls round 7:50 p.m.

Police mentioned a white sedan entered the car parking zone and drove towards the entrance entrance, the place the suspects obtained out and began capturing at one other particular person within the car parking zone.

The suspects then obtained out and drove away, police mentioned.

Two individuals have been shot and brought to Advocate Condell in Libertyville with non-life-threatening accidents. A 17-year-old boy from Aurora was wounded within the higher leg and a 19-year-old girl from Appleton, Wisconsin was wounded within the decrease leg.

A 3rd particular person injured their shoulder however declined transport to a hospital.

Each individuals who suffered gunshot wounds have been launched from the hospital as of Monday afternoon.

Video posted on social media confirmed sheer panic as individuals ran from the gunfire and folks may very well be seen huddling collectively contained in the park.

“As we have been strolling by the gate, they began escorting individuals out, dashing individuals out towards the entrance,” witness Olga Davil mentioned. “Cops had already surrounded the place. There have been two people that obtained shot and we noticed blood by the doorway.

“They did an amazing job on their half getting everyone else safely,” Amy Perez, from Holland, Michigan, mentioned. “It is simply unhappy. It is unhappy that it retains occurring.”

Park safety and officers from the on-site Gurnee Police Division Substation responded instantly, park officers mentioned.

Police imagine the capturing stemmed from an argument that seems to have begun elsewhere and spilled over contained in the Six Flags car parking zone, when the occupants of a white sedan pulled up, obtained out and began firing at another person. Then they obtained again into their automotive and fled.

“Primarily based on the preliminary investigation, a white sedan entered the Six Flags car parking zone and drove towards the entrance entrance of the park,” Gurnee police spokesperson Shawn Gaylor. “Suspects exited the car and started capturing towards one other particular person within the car parking zone. The suspects obtained again into the white sedan and shortly left the realm.”

Police mentioned whereas the capturing seemed to be focused, the 2 individuals injured weren’t collectively and it was not clear if both of them was the meant goal of the capturing.

Folks from out of city did not select to cancel their plans Monday to return to the park.

“We have been somewhat hesitant particularly with taking kids,” Susie Sirianni from Streator mentioned. “However I really feel like they’ve good safety right here, so we really feel protected.”

“Our household travels to totally different amusement parks every summer season simply as a household journey and that is one which we now have not been to but,” Perez mentioned. “We nonetheless needed to return down and make the perfect of it and benefit from the day.”

The suspects are usually not in custody. Police mentioned the capturing was not random and seemed to be focused.

Six Flags launched an announcement saying, “Six Flags dedicates our best period of time, expertise and assets to security and safety.”Layers of preventative measures each inside and outdoors the park are in place for the safety of friends and workforce members. We proceed to evaluation and improve our protocol every day to make sure we’re offering the very best degree of security.”Cameras positioned within the car parking zone and contained in the park, uniformed and plain garments patrols all through the property, and superior screening know-how enable us to react shortly and supply essential data. The park safety workforce is joined by the Gurnee Police Division, who operates a substation on the park.”

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