Safety officials are investigating violent incident that occurred at the theme park Monday evening
In a disturbing incident at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee Illinois, a brawl erupted on Monday night involving two groups of teenagers, resulting in the arrest of six individuals. The violent altercation, which involved both patrons and law enforcement officers, caused chaos and led to injuries among several of the teens as well as four police officers trying to restore order.
The incident unfolded when Gurnee police officers and other local law enforcement agencies responded to reports of a large fight at the popular amusement park. The exact cause of the altercation remains unclear, but tensions escalated quickly, leading to a volatile situation.
Authorities swiftly intervened to diffuse the situation and apprehend those involved, however, the situation could not be immediately brought under control. Additional police had to be called in with K9 units. In the process, six teenagers were arrested on charges related to fighting and disorderly conduct.
According to witnesses, several people were doused with pepper spray. They said that police were evidently searching for at least one individual hiding in the park, possibly beneath a ride. At least on parent who was there to pick up a child was not allowed to enter the grounds and had to wait for their child to find them.
Police arrested six Illinois and Indiana teens, age 14 to 18 years old. Three of those arrested were taken to the hospital and later released.
The Gurnee Police Department is currently investigating the incident further to gather more details and ascertain the sequence of events that transpired.
The incident at Six Flags Gurnee is not an isolated case of teen violence that has garnered attention recently in Illinois. Incidents of unruly, violent teen crowds have occurred in Chicago several times in the past few months, where the youth have jumped on cars, beat up people, danced wildly on buses with some involving shootings. A number of events have been moved or canceled due to concern over the possibility of further large scale teen violence.