Three injured in amusement park shooting near Chicago


Amusement park visitors hunker down after hearing gunshots fired at the park. Picture / via Twitter

Three people were injured in a shooting at an amusement park north of Chicago.

Three people were injured in a parking lot outside Six Flags Great America in Gurnee when shots were fired from a vehicle, according to a spokesperson for the park, located about 72 miles north of Chicago.

The vehicle immediately started. No other details were provided.

Two of the injured people were taken to hospital for evaluation and one refused to seek treatment, according to the spokesperson.

WGN News spoke with Laurie Walker and her daughter, Grace, who were inside the park when the shooting happened.

Walker said they were queuing for an attraction in the southwest area of ​​the park around 7:50 p.m. when she noticed people running around in a panic.

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

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

Gurnee is in Lake County, about 20 miles (32 km) north of Highland Park, where seven people died in a mass shooting during a July 4 parade

Harold B. McConnell