Updated. Law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions responded to Kennywood Saturday night after the latest mass panic incident at an American theme park. Three people were injured from gunshot wounds to their legs while an unspecified number were hurt in the rush to escape the incident, authorities said.
Pittsburgh Public Safety Tweeted that police were on the scene in response to reports of a shooting inside the park. Kennywood later posted that "We are aware of a situation that occurred this evening and are working with local law enforcement. The safety of our guests and Team Members are our top priority. Members of the park's security, Allegheny County, and West Mifflin police departments were already on site and immediately responded."
As of early Sunday morning, police were looking for a suspect in the shooting, which followed an altercation between two groups of young people, a local official said. Two teens and a 39-year-old man were injured in the shooting, which happened just before 11pm near the Musik Express ride.
County superintendent Christopher Kearns confirms that 3 were injured by gunfire at Kennywood Saturday night. Victims include a 15 year old boy in stable condition, a 39 year old male who has been treated & released & a juvenile male receiving treatment. pic.twitter.com/toFvsJc4qO— Hannah Wyman (@Hannah_SWyman) September 25, 2022
Saturday was the opening night of Kennywood's Phantom Fall Fest Halloween haunt event.
Mass panic incidents at Knott's Berry Farm and Carowinds earlier this year led the Cedar Fair chain to implement mandatory chaperone policies at some parks that banned unaccompanied minors at certain times, including after-hours Halloween events. Kennywood is owned by another company, Parques Reunidos, but according to the park's website, Kennywood also has a mandatory chaperone policy after 4pm on weekends. The park also a bag checks and metal detectors at its entrance. Police said that they are, as of now, unsure how the gun was brought into the park.
Kennywood issued the following statement Sunday afternoon:
“We are greatly saddened by the violence that occurred last night. Our thoughts are with those who were injured as a result of the incident, as well as all guests and team members affected by what happened. We have made services available for team members in need of support at this time.
“We are closely collaborating with police as they investigate. Our entry security protocols include a state of the art weapons detection system put into place at the start of this season, video scanning, and bag checks. We regularly supplement our park
security staff with officers from the Allegheny County Police Department and West Mifflin Police Department, who were contracted to support our teams during operating hours, including Saturday evening. We will continue to cooperate with authorities throughout their investigation.
“The park is closed Sunday, September 25. We will reopen as scheduled on Friday evening, September 30, and will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available. - Mark Pauls, Kennywood General Manager”
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