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Three injured as shooter opens fire at Six Flags amusement park

Three injured as shooter opens fire at Six Flags amusement park

A car pulled up to the entrance of the Six Flags amusement park and opened fire

Three people have been injured after a shooter opened fire at a children's amusement park.

Families were forced to run for cover after a vehicle pulled up to the entrance of the Six Flags Great America amusement park in Illinois yesterday (13 August).

Police said someone got out of the white car and started shooting, before getting back in and driving off. No one has yet been arrested in connection with the incident.

A spokesperson for the park said two people, a 17-year-old and a 19-year-old, were taken to hospital for treatment while a third, who injured their shoulder, refused to be seen.

Three people were injured in the shooting at the Six Flags Great America amusement park.
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According to reports in the US, a police source told WGN that the injuries, sustained to the leg, were not believed to be life-threatening.

A spokesperson for Gurnee Police Department said they did not believe it was a random attack.

In a post on Facebook, the force said: "Based on the initial investigation, a white sedan entered the Six Flags parking lot and drove toward the front entrance of the theme park.

"The suspects exited the vehicle and began shooting toward another individual in the parking lot. The suspects got back in the white sedan and quickly left the area.

"Two victims were transported to the Advocate Condell Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

"A 17 year-old-male from Aurora, IL, with an upper thigh wound, and a 19 year-old-female from Appleton, WI, with a lower leg wound. A third victim sustained a shoulder injury and declined transport to the hospital.

A shooter got out of their car and opened fire near the entrance.
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"The shooting this evening was not a random act, and appeared to be a targeted incident that occurred outside the park. This was not an active shooter incident inside the park."

Laurie Walker was at the the park with her young daughter when the shooting happened and said they had been waiting to go on a ride when people starting running and screaming.

Walker told WGN News that she hear people shouting: "There is an active shooter, get down, get down."

"We didn’t know what was going on, so we get down," she recalled.

Charlie Donda was also there with a group of friends and told CBS Chicago: "I thought there were fireworks right away. Then we saw hundreds of people running.

"It was pretty scary but we are safe."

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