Three people have been injured in a shooting in the parking lot outside the entrance to Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois. The incident took place on Sunday evening. The Gurnee Police Department responded at 8PM to multiple calls of shots having been fired.
It appears that this was a targeted attack. After an initial investigation it was discovered that a vehicle drove into the parking lot, suspects exited the vehicle and began shooting at an individual then got back into the vehicle and fled.
Six Flags Great America closed early as a result of this incident with Gurnee police and the Lake County Sheriff's Office on the scene to handle the situation.
This evening, three people were injured outside the park when shots were fired from a single vehicle. The vehicle immediately drove away. Park security and on-site Gurnee Police Department Substation officers responded immediately. Law enforcement is investigating.— Six Flags Great America (@SFGreat_America) August 15, 2022
Three people have been reported as being injured with two people, a 17-year-old male and a 19-year old female being taken to hospital with non-threatening leg injuries and another declining treatment.
Six Flags released this statement:
"Six Flags dedicates our greatest amount of time, talent and resources to safety and security."Layers of preventative measures both inside and outside the park are in place for the protection of guests and team members. We continue to review and enhance our protocol on a daily basis to ensure we are providing the highest level of safety."Cameras placed in the parking lot and inside the park, uniformed and plain clothes patrols throughout the property, and advanced screening technology allow us to react quickly and provide important information. The park security team is joined by the Gurnee Police Department, who operates a substation at the park."
The investigation will continue into this incident and we await further information.