California amusement park forced to close after fights spark panic, reports of gunshots
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A California amusement park was forced to close early after multiple fights broke out, causing panic.
Buena Park police also said numerous 911 callers also reported shots fired at Knott’s Berry Farm, though investigators determined no shootings took place at the amusement park.
“We are currently working on an incident at Knott’s Berry Farm involving multiple fights in the park,” the Buena Park Police Department said. “A report of gunshots was reported along with numerous 911 calls. Officers were on scene during the calls and determined there was no shooting.”
“Knotts Berry Farm has closed overnight, and we ask that you avoid the area until further notice,” the department added in its public notice released Saturday evening.
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FOX 11 Los Angeles reported that the first shots were reported around 8 p.m. local time. Helicopter footage over the park showed the lights at the reception gate were out at 9 p.m.
Video on social media showed park security attacking groups of young people to break up a fight. Additional footage showed a young man repeatedly being punched by another park-goer on the sidewalk.
Orange County Fire Authority said three people were injured in the fighting. Two people were transported to area hospitals, while the third refused to be brought in for further medical treatment.
The park was supposed to be open until 11 p.m. Saturday for Knott’s summer nights.
“The safety of Knott’s Berry Farm guests and associates is always our top priority,” the park said in a statement. “On Saturday night the decision was made to close the park 3 hours early due to unruly behavior and altercations involving a number of teenagers. This behavior was inconsistent with our park values and was not not the experience we want any guest to have while visiting Knott’s Berry Farm.”
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The park was due to reopen as scheduled on Sunday.