Shooting Leads to Evacuation at Six Flags Great America

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DEVELOPING STORY: There are reports of a mass shooting at Six Flags Great America near Chicago. It’s unclear how many people have been shot and police have not shared any information their conditions. Eyewitnesses reported terrified teens and families running out of the park. Others hid in office buildings.

“My heart goes out to all of us who witnessed the active shooter at Six Flags Great America,” one survivor wrote on Facebook. “I hid my 2 older kids and my nephew in a employee office with a door that locked and went to find my husband and youngest to bring them to an the office I found. My husband fled with the baby . I don’t wish this kind of emotional scare on anyone. I thought I lost my daughter . We made it out safe . Thank you Jesus . Never have I felt this way. NEVER. I’m done with six flags.”

WGN News spoke with Laurie Walker and her daughter, Grace, who were inside the park when the shooting incident occurred. Walker said they were waiting in line for the ‘Ricochet’ in the southwest area of the park around 7:50 p.m. when she noticed people running in a panic.

“There is an active shooter, get down, get down,” Walker recalled someone shouting. “We didn’t know what was going on, so we get down.” 

The Starnes Media Group team is posting videos and photographs from the scene below. This page will be updated with developments.