3 Hurt in Amusement Park Shooting Outside Chicago

Someone fired from a vehicle in Six Flags Great America parking lot
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 15, 2022 12:00 AM CDT
3 Hurt in Amusement Park Shooting Outside Chicago
Six Flags Great America's newest roller coaster Goliath was opened to a media preview on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.   (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Geoff Scheerer)

Three people were injured late Sunday in a shooting at an amusement park north of Chicago, the AP reports. Three people were hurt in a parking lot outside Six Flags Great America in Gurnee when shots were fired from a vehicle, according to a spokesperson for the park, which is located about 45 miles north of Chicago. The vehicle immediately drove away. No other details were provided. Two of the people injured were taken to a hospital for evaluation and one refused treatment, according to the spokesperson.

WGN News in Chicago spoke with Laurie Walker and her daughter, Grace, who were inside the park when the shooting occurred. Walker said they were waiting in line for an attraction around 7:50pm when she noticed people running. “There is an active shooter, get down, get down,” Walker said she heard someone shouting. “We didn’t know what was going on, so we get down.” Walker and her daughter climbed two fences to get where she could call her husband. Walker told WGN she was able to leave the park a short while later. Gurnee is in Lake County, about 20 miles north of Highland Park, where seven people died in a mass shooting during a July Fourth parade.

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