Six Flags Shooting: Shots fired at Great America amusement park near Chicago leaves 3 hurt

GURNEE, Ill.– Three people were injured in a shooting in an amusement park parking lot north of Chicago that had visitors evacuated, authorities said.

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

“The shooting … was not an accidental act and appeared to be a targeted incident that occurred outside of the park,” police said in a statement posted to Facebook.

After initial investigations, police said a white sedan pulled into the parking lot and headed toward the park’s front entrance. People got out of the car and shot another person in the parking lot before driving away, police said.

Further details on the suspects, including the number of people who fired shots, were not immediately released. The police investigated.

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. They were taken to a hospital and their wounds were described as non-life threatening. A third victim had a shoulder injury and refused to be taken to a hospital.

In a statement, Six Flags Great America said park security, along with Gurnee officials, responded immediately.

WGN News in Chicago spoke to Laurie Walker and her daughter Grace, who were in the park at the time of the shooting. Walker said they were in line for an attraction around 7:50 p.m. when she noticed people running.

“‘There’s an active shooter, down, down,'” Walker said, noting she heard someone yell. “We didn’t know what was going on, so we get out.”

Walker and her daughter climbed two fences to get to where she could call her husband. Walker told WGN she could leave the park a short time later.

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

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