Appleton woman injured in shooting outside Six Flags

The woman is one of 3 people wounded in what police say was a targeted attack
Published: Aug. 15, 2022 at 6:52 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2022 at 8:13 PM CDT
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GURNEE, Ill. (WBAY) - An Appleton woman is among the victims of a shooting outside Six Flags Great America in Illinois, police say.

Gurnee Police say a 19-year-old Appleton woman suffered a lower leg wound. Her name was not released. A 17-year-old boy from Aurora, Illinois, suffered an upper thigh wound.

The Appleton woman and the Aurora boy were taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center. Police say their injuries aren’t life-threatening.

A third victim suffered a shoulder injury and declined transportation to the hospital.

Gurnee police received multiple 911 calls about a shooting at the park at about 7:50 P.M. -- 10 minutes before the amusement park closed for the night.

Police say the suspect vehicle, a white sedan, was spotted near the entrance of Six Flags. They say people exited the vehicle and started shooting at another person in the parking lot, then got back in the sedan and drove off.

“The shooting this evening was not a random act and appeared to be a targeted incident that occurred outside the park. This was not an active shooter incident inside the park,” Shawn Gaylor with the Gurnee Police Department said.

The shooting sent people in the park scrambling, many hiding for their own safety. The shooting came a little more than a month after the Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, only about 20 miles from the amusement park.

”I was thinking about that shooting. I called my mom. I was like, ‘I love you, like I love you and just want you to know that.’ She was like, ‘What’s going on? I was just trying to tell her how much I loved her, just a lot of things were going through my head, and thankfully my friends were really supportive. They knew what to do, they were more active. I panicked. I was just looking everywhere thinking the shooter was around us,” park-goer Jacqueline Medina said.

Police have not released information on the suspects. Six Flags park officials are cooperating with the police investigation.

The amusement park opened at its regularly scheduled time Monday morning.

Gurnee is located about five miles south of the Wisconsin state line.

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