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3 hurt in shooting at Six Flags amusement park near Chicago



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GURNEE, Unwell. — Three individuals have been injured in a taking pictures in a car parking zone of an amusement park north of Chicago that despatched guests scrambling for security, authorities stated.

Officers responded about 7:50 p.m. Sunday after 911 calls reporting pictures fired at Six Flags Nice America, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of Chicago, the Gurnee Police Division stated.

“The taking pictures … was not a random act, and gave the impression to be a focused incident that occurred exterior the park,” police stated in an announcement posted to Facebook.

Based on an preliminary investigation, police stated a white sedan entered the car parking zone and drove towards the park’s entrance entrance. Individuals acquired out of the automotive and shot at one other individual within the car parking zone earlier than driving away, police stated.

Further element concerning the suspects, together with the quantity of people that fired pictures, wasn’t instantly launched. Police have been investigating.

A 17-year-old boy from Aurora, Illinois, had a thigh wound and a 19-year-old lady from Appleton, Wisconsin, had a leg wound, police stated. They have been taken to a hospital and their wounds have been described as non-life-threatening. A 3rd sufferer had a shoulder harm and declined to be taken to a hospital.

In an announcement, Six Flags Nice America stated park safety responded instantly together with Gurnee officers.

WGN Information in Chicago spoke with Laurie Walker and her daughter, Grace, who have been contained in the park when the taking pictures occurred. Walker stated they have been ready in line for an attraction round 7:50 p.m. when she seen individuals working.

“‘There may be an energetic shooter, get down, get down,’” Walker stated she heard somebody shouting. “We didn’t know what was happening, so we get down.”

Walker and her daughter climbed two fences to get the place she might name her husband. Walker instructed WGN she was capable of go away the park a short time later.

Gurnee is in Lake County, about 5 miles south of the Wisconsin border. It is about 20 miles north of Highland Park, the place seven individuals died in a mass taking pictures throughout a July Fourth parade.