Three injured in shooting at Six Flags Great America in Illinois – Boston News, Weather, Sports

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

Around 8 p.m., the Gurnee Police Department responded to multiple 911 calls reporting gunfire in the park, the department said a press release. Their initial investigation found that a car had pulled into the parking lot, suspects exited the vehicle near the park’s front entrance and they began shooting at another person, police said. The perpetrators then fled the scene by car.

A 17-year-old man and 19-year-old woman were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening leg injuries, police said. A third person suffered a shoulder injury and refused to go to the hospital, they said.

“The shooting that evening was not an accidental act but appeared to be a targeted incident that occurred outside of the park. This was not an active shooting incident in the park,” Gurnee Police said.

Both the Gurnee Police Department and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office attended to the scene Sunday night, said the park’s communications specialist, Rachel Kendziora.

The park closed early in response to the shooting, Kendziora said. The Northern Illinois Police Department’s alert system helped clear the theme park of guests and employees, Gurnee Police said.

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

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

“Then we saw a swarm of parents transporting their kids, so my family and I hid between those two walls and waited for clearance,” he said. “Cops ran in armed and escorted everyone out.”

Video captured by Pontrelli shows a heavy police presence outside the park.

In a statement, Kendziora said the park is grateful to the team members who worked to accommodate guests and to the Gurnee Police Department for their constant security presence at the park.

“Six Flags dedicates our greatest amount of time, talent and resources to safety and security,” the statement said. “Several preventive measures are in place to protect guests and team members both inside and outside the park. We continue to review and improve our protocol daily to ensure we offer the highest level of security.”

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