GURNEE, Ill. (AP) — Three people were injured in a shooting Sunday at an amusement park north of Chicago.
Three people were injured in a parking lot outside Six Flags Great America in Gurnee when someone fired shots from a drive-by, according to a spokesman for the park, which is about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of Chicago.
“The shooting … was not a random act and appeared to be a targeted incident that occurred outside of the park,” police said in a statement shared on Facebook.
According to the preliminary investigation, police said, a white sedan entered the parking lot and headed for the main entrance of the park. Someone got out of the car and shot another person in the parking lot before driving off, the statement said.
At first, details such as the number of shooters were not given. The police were investigating what happened.
A 17-year-old boy from Aurora, Illinois, had a thigh injury and a 19-year-old woman from Appleton, Wisconsin, had a leg injury, according to police. They were taken to a hospital and their lives were not in danger. A third victim had a shoulder injury and declined to be taken to a hospital.
In a statement, Six Flags Great America said park security had responded immediately along with Gurnee police.
The WGN News chapter in Chicago spoke with Laurie Walker and her daughter, Grace, who were inside the park during the event. Walker said they were waiting in line for an attraction around 7:50 p.m. when she saw people running.
“There’s a gunfight going on, to the ground, to the ground,” Walker said he heard someone yell. “We didn’t know what was going on, so we hit the ground.”
Walker and her daughter scaled two fences to get to a spot where she could call her husband. Walker told WGN that they were able to leave the compound soon after.
Gurnee is in Lake County, about 20 miles north of Highland Park, where seven people were killed in a mass shooting during a Fourth of July parade.