Gurnee, IL

Shooting At Six Flags in Gurnee, Illinois Left 3 People Injured

Bri H
emergency vehicles in the parking lot of Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IllinoisKaitlin Washburn Sun Times/AP

A shooting occurred at the Six Flags Great America in the parking lot on the evening of Sunday, August 14. As of now, we only know that 3 people were injured and that the shooting seemed to be a random incident.

Around 7:50 pm, the Gurnee police responded to the 911 reports of gunshots heard in the Six Flags parking lot. The Police state that what they know is a white sedan drove into the parking lot and soon after, suspects began to fire shots at another unknown individual. After such time, the suspects drove away.

Those caught in the crossfire suffered injuries that were luckily not life threatening. One injured individual was a 17-year-old young man who was visiting from Aurora, Illinois. He was shot in the upper thigh. Another 19-year-old woman was also shot in the leg and she was from Appleton, Illinois. There was another third injured person but they have not been identified, we only know they were shot in the shoulder. They declined medical care while the other 2 were rushed to the Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

The question 'was this an active shooting' remains unanswered. It does not appear to be the product of a political statement or targeted incident. Police say that "the shooting this evening was not a random act, and appeared to be a targeted incident that occurred outside the park," [Milwaukee Journal].

Six Flags closes at 8 pm and the shooting happened just ten minutes before, so park visitors sheltered inside the park and park security started clearing out the park with the help of local police. There are social media videos and posts surfacing regarding the incident that show people fleeing the park and all the police vehicles on the scene.

Six Flags does prohibit guns and any ammunition from the park, but the shooting did take place in the parking lot. The park representatives gave a statement to that effect, stating that "there are cameras inside the park and in the parking lot, uniformed and plain-clothes officers patrolling the property, and advanced screening technology."

Gurnee Police also have a substation in the park, so they responded quickly to the reports of shooting. As of now, the suspects are still at large and the Six Flags representative stated that "we continue to review and enhance our protocol on a daily basis to ensure we are providing the highest level of safety."


Contact reporter Sophie Carson at (414) 223-5512 or

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