3 shot at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee

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GURNEE, Ill.  — Three people were shot in the parking lot of Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, prompting a heavy police presence.

According to a police source, the injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening. No one is in custody.

The amusement park, which closes at 8 p.m., was evacuated.

A Six Flags spokesperson confirmed the shooting, issuing the following statement:

Three people were injured this evening when shots were fired from a single vehicle in the parking lot. The vehicle immediately drove away. Park security personnel and officers from the on-site Gurnee Police Department Substation responded immediately. Emergency services responded, transporting two persons to the hospital for evaluation. A third person declined treatment.

The park closed early with guests and team members departing under direction of the Gurnee Police Department. Law enforcement is investigating.

WGN News spoke with Laurie Walker and her daughter, Grace, who were inside the park when the shooting incident occurred. Walker said they were waiting in line for the ‘Ricochet’ in the southwest area of the park around 7:50 p.m. when she noticed people running in a panic.

“There is an active shooter, get down, get down,” Walker recalled someone shouting. “We didn’t know what was going on, so we get down.”

VIDEO: Mother recounts moments shots rang at Six Flags Great America

Walker and her daughter climbed over two fences to get “out of plain view sight,” where she could call her husband. After hiding out for a short while, Walker says she was able to leave the park.

Authorities told WGN News that law enforcement officials are actively searching the area to ensure everyone is located and accounted for.

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Jack Mitchell

Six Flags has become completely unsafe over the last few years. A nice place now ruined. We don’t go anymore. Last time a huge fight broke out and nobody did anything. Nobody was even removed from the park.


Some of the strictest gun laws in the country. Bet they still blame the guns.

New Amerika ACAB

Banging good times, six flags is not the only ones out to take all your money!


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