Teen, 15, arrested in shooting at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin that hurt 3

WEST MIFFLIN, Pennsylvania– A 15-year-old was arrested in a shooting at a western Pennsylvania amusement park last month that injured three people, including two teenagers.

Allegheny County and West Mifflin Police said last week the teen faces adult charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and firearm crimes in the Sept. 24 shooting at Kennywood Park on the opening night of the park’s Phantom Fall Fest.

Park officials said the shooting late Saturday night followed an altercation between two groups of teenagers near the Park’s Music Express ride in West Mifflin, southeast of Pittsburgh. A 39-year-old man and two 15-year-old boys were taken to hospitals with leg wounds, authorities said.

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Investigators said last week evidence found at the scene indicated two guns were fired, one by the arrested teenager. He himself was also grazed in the thigh by a bullet, and authorities are looking for a second suspect who Christopher Kearns, the county police superintendent, said was “most likely” a youth.

Kennywood closed for the day after the shooting and announced new safety measures including more policing, increased security along perimeter fences, bag size limits and face-covering masks, and a requirement for adult escorts for all youth at all times during the Fall Festival. which is scheduled to run until mid-October.

Kearns said it’s unclear how the guns got into the park, and investigators are still evaluating the possibility that the guns were thrown over the park fence or carried by someone who jumped the fence. Officials said they would cut down trees along the fence to improve visibility and install new floodlights and surveillance cameras to completely cover the fence line. They also pledged to “significantly” increase security patrols.

Authorities said they believe the shooting stemmed from a feud between two groups of teenagers, which has led to numerous shootings in several Mont Valley communities. Victor Joseph, Assistant Superintendent for County Police, cited 55 calls for gunshots fired in Duquesne and Homestead, the communities of the rival groups.

“We all know this is a serious problem,” Joseph said. “The people who live in these communities know how serious it is. People who have lost loved ones to gun violence and incarceration know how devastating it is.”

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