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Aug. 15, 2022, 8:04 a.m. EDT

3 injured in parking-lot shooting at Six Flags park in Illinois

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By Associated Press

GURNEE, Ill. — Three people were injured late Sunday in a shooting at an amusement park in northeastern Illinois.

Three people were hurt 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, which is located about 45 miles north of Chicago, near the Wisconsin state line. The vehicle immediately drove away. No other details were provided.

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

WGN News in Chicago 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 an attraction in a southwest section 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.”

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

Gurnee is in Lake County, about 20 miles north of Highland Park, Ill., where seven people died in a  mass shooting during a July Fourth parade, and 10 miles from Kenosha, Wis., where the police shooting of Jacob Blake set in motion the 2020 events that led to the shooting by the teen-aged Kyle Rittenhouse of three protest participants.

“The shooting [at the Six Flags /zigman2/quotes/208050417/composite SIX -2.37% park] was not a random act, and appeared to be a targeted incident that occurred outside the park,” police later said in a statement posted to Facebook.

MarketWatch contributed.

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