Six Flags Great America shooting: What happened so far
- Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, saw a large police presence on Sunday evening
- There are reports of a mass shooting after a situation at a nearby Burger King escalated
- Many on Twitter decried the senselessness of the action
Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, saw a large police presence on Sunday evening after a shooting left three people injured. One Twitter user noted, "Shooting at six flags wtf. The horror of the families and kids hiding in the bathroom with us. I hope nobody experiences this fear ever. Everybody I hope you are safe."
An update from local news reporter Bruce Harrison puts things into perspective. The shooting occurred in the amusement park's parking lot and not inside. He noted, "shots were fired from a single vehicle in the parking lot. The vehicle immediately drove away." Lake County Sheriff's Department noted it's no longer an active shooter situation and while two people have been hospitalized, one person refused treatment.
Another individual attached a post from the NE Illinois Emergency Incidents, which details the number of people with gunshot wounds found at the scene.
News of the mass shooting made some draw comparisons to the Highland Park incident, which left the northern suburbs reeling. An individual present at the scene tweeted, "Day and month ruined today. Was at Six Flags when a shooting happened. Family and I are currently safe and have left but it happened near the entrance which we were close by to. Started by a fight that happened at the Burger King across the place but escalated to Six Flags."
Many on Twitter decried the act as senseless with one individual noting, "The worst part about the six flags shooting is (like most shootings) it was probably about some dumb kids getting into a little argument and sides couldn't move on. Dude you are there to have fun no amount of petty side is gonna come in that way."
Another individual shared an update saying, "JUST IN! Gurnee, Illinois: Gurnee PD and Gurnee FD on scene of a shooting at the front gates of Six Flags Great America, 1 Six Flags Parkway. Five reported injured. 0 confirmed casualties. Park have been evacuated. NO ACTIVE SHOOTER!"
They added that Gurnee is a rough area so the shooting could be a spillover from violence elsewhere, which lines up with the accounts of the dispute having started at the fast food place before impacting those at the amusement park.
Six Flags is an amusement park in Gurnee. Originally opened in 1976 by the Marriott Corporation as Marriott's Great America, Six Flags has been the owner and operator since 1984.