Shooting at Six Flags Great America in Illinois leaves three injured


Three people were injured in a shooting Sunday night in the parking lot of the Six Flags Great America amusement park in Gurnee, Illinois, the park confirmed.

The shots were fired from a single vehicle, which then drove off “immediately” after the shooting, said park communications specialist Rachel Kendziora.

Emergency services responded immediately and two people were taken to hospital. A third injured person refused treatment, Kendziora said.

“Park security personnel and officers from the on-site Gurnee Police Department Substation responded immediately,” Kendziora said. Both the Gurnee Police Department and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office were working on the crime scene Sunday night, she said.

There is “no indication that it is an active gunman at this time,” Lake County Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli told CNN.

The park was closed early in response to the shooting, Kendziora said.

Gurnee is about an hour’s drive north of Chicago.

Michael Pontrelli and his family were in the park when the shooting happened. He told CNN that he had just gotten off the Superman ride when he witnessed groups of people running away from the entrance.

“Then we saw a swarm of parents transporting their children, so my family and I hid between these two walls waiting for approval,” he said. “Police officers rushed in armed and escorted everyone out.”

A video made by Pontrelli shows a heavy police presence outside the park.

This is a story in development and will be updated.

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