Videos show terrified people running, screaming and hiding after a shooting at an American theme park.
Three people were shot and killed at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, local time Sunday evening, park officials confirmed.
Shots were fired from a single vehicle in the parking lot before driving away immediately just before the park closed at 8 p.m., a park spokesperson said. NY Post.
A 17-year-old man and 19-year-old woman were both shot in the leg and taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. A third victim refused treatment.
In a statement, Gurnee Police Chief Brian Smith said the shooting was “not an arbitrary act” and appeared to be “targeted”.
“Based on the initial investigation, a white sedan pulled into the Six Flags parking lot and headed toward the theme park’s main entrance,” he said.
“The suspects got out of the vehicle and started shooting at another person in the parking lot. The suspects got back into the white sedan and quickly left the area.”
Videos posted on social media showed park guests crouching and hiding in the moments after the shots rang out.
Another clip showed a large police presence in the parking lot during the mass exodus of guests.
In one video, as people flee the park, a child could be heard asking, “What’s happening, Daddy?”
A voice replied, “Nothing, nothing. It’s okay, it’s okay.”
In the background of the same video, a pram was seen being abandoned as other parents and children fled.
A Twitter user posted that they had attended the Highland Park, Illinois mass shooting last month, where seven people were killed, and that they were also at the theme park on Sunday, but had happily left before the shooting.
“41 days ago I was in a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, IL. Today I was at Six Flags, Great America in Gurnee, IL, but was lucky enough to leave before another shooting,” they wrote. “I can no longer leave my house without feeling unsafe. Change has to be made now.”
Another Twitter user said their brother had also been to both Highland Park and Six Flags.
“My brother was at Six Flags today. He was shooting in the Highland Park Parade just over a month ago,” she wrote.
“He left early tonight, but can you imagine how traumatizing it would be for a 16-year-old to have not just 1 but 2 shootings in less than 2 months?”
The theme park, located about 40 miles north of Chicago, was closed early as guests and team members were evacuated by police.
– With NY Post