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Shooting at Six Flags; Drowning at Playland

2006-07-05

By Robert Niles: And here are today's post-Fourth of July buzzkills:

Three people were injured in a shooting outside Six Flags Over Georgia yesterday, after an argument inside the park turned for the worse. Cobb County police told the Associated Press that one of the arguers later pulled a gun on another at a bus station outside the park entrance. The gunman fired into the crowd at the bus station, hitting three bystanders. The two adults and a teenager hit were hospitalized and are expected to recover.

At Playland Amusement Park in Rye, N.Y. (home of two deaths in recent years) a 43-old Flushing man drowned after wading into a restricted lake near the park's picnic area.

The man was visiting the park with his wife and son, but they were elsewhere at the park when the accident happened, according to a detailed Journal News report. Instead, the victim, who had been drinking, was with an unidentified "female companion," who bailed when the two got to the deep part of the lake.

The bizarre incident concluded when other park visitors brought the man to shore after park employees in a powerboat failed to do so.

Readers' Opinions

From Mark Walker on July 5, 2006 at 2:14 PM
I thought something like this would have happened at Magic Mountain.
From Robert Niles on July 5, 2006 at 3:09 PM
Again, I think it is time to give the "gangbangers at Magic Mountain" meme a rest. Yes, there were problems... nearly 10 years ago. But Magic Mountain is, as far as crowd security goes, as safe as any theme park I've visited over the past five years. And that includes all the "big" parks from Disney and Universal.

(And, for what it is worth, real gangbangers are far, far more precise that than the fools involved here.)

From Chris P. on July 5, 2006 at 5:37 PM
The shooting at SFOG reminds me of the shooting outside the entrance gates a couple years back at Paramount Canada's Wonderland.
From miles palmers on July 6, 2006 at 5:45 AM
How do you guys get Magic Mountain out of Over Georgia? The parks are on opposite sides of the country!!!

Oh, and I can't believe this happened. Alcohol should not be allowed in parks, or they should have stricter rules and limits about serving it.

From melissa faulkner on July 6, 2006 at 1:37 PM
I live about an hour from SFOG and believe me, the kind of people that hangs out there I'm surprised they haven't had one before this. SFOG has turned into a virtual play ground for the seedy, gang member type. The last time we were there in was full of out of control teens who basically had full run of the park to do as they pleased. No one was going to try and stop them. I know they are thinking of closing SFMM but if you ask me it wouldn't hurt to shut Georgias down to.

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