CNN reported a shooting occurred in the parking lot of Six Flags Great America located at 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee, IL 60031.
Police were called to the amusement park on Sunday, August 14, 2022, at approximately 8 p.m. The report says gunshots were fired just outside of the main entrance in the parking lot. Their investigation determined that a car entered the lot, and multiple suspects got out and began shooting at a victim near the theme park's entrance. Police say the suspects then fled the scene before they arrived.
The gunfire alarmed guests, causing them to run away from the entrance. Some witnesses described hiding between buildings to keep safe. Security was able to escort many of the park's guests out, and the park closed early due to the incident.
Three victims suffered injuries due to the shooting. Two teens were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The third victim suffered an injury to their shoulder but declined medical attention.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent has experience representing injured victims across the state of Illinois. Recently Brian met with us to discuss the legal rights available to victims and their families following a shooting at a theme park.
"Guests at theme parks expect to be safe as they enjoy their special day. Theme park owners are legally responsible for ensuring the park is reasonably safe from potentially dangerous situations, including shootings. Aside from weapon checks at the entrance, all parking lots should be equipped with security cameras and patrolling security. These measures can help to reduce the risk of preventable dangers."
"Unfortunately, when a shooting occurs at a large venue such as a theme park, it is necessary to investigate if security was neglected. Guests can get seriously hurt or even killed if a theme park does not offer sufficient security. Victims should explore their legal options with an experienced violent crime lawyer to see if they could be eligible for financial compensation."