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Three shot, two of them teens, at Pittsburgh amusement park


UPDATE: September 25, 2022 8:26 a.m.

According to CBS News, police have confirmed that three people were shot. Two of the victims are teenagers. All are expected to be ok.

The two teens are both 15 years old.

Officials said an argument between two groups of teenagers led to the shooting.

Police have not said if they have arrested the shooter or not.


Maddie Aiken

The Tribune-Review, Greensburg

Multiple gunshots were fired inside Kennywood Park on Saturday night, according to a report from Pittsburgh Public Safety.

Tribune-Review news partner WPXI reports a “mass casualty incident” was declared and all available emergency crews from Allegheny and Westmoreland counties were dispatched to the scene. A state police presence was also noted.

At least one ambulance was seen leaving the park with lights flashing, WPXI reports. However, it remains unclear whether anyone was shot or injured in the incident.

Kennywood, which was holding Phantom Fall Fest, confirmed at 12:30 a.m. on Sunday that all guests had exited the park.

“The safety of our guests and team members is our top priority,” Kennywood wrote in a statement. “Members of the park’s security, Allegheny County and West Mifflin police departments were already on site and immediately responded.”

Though law enforcement sources have confirmed that the shots were fired inside the park, Kennywood’s website states that all guests, team members and management “must pass through metal detectors at the entrance gate, and all bags, purses and coolers are subject to search.”

Thomas Harrison called Kennywood’s security “awful.” Harrison, of Irwin, said he went through “very minimal security” to get into the park on Saturday.

Harrison was with his fiancé and parents when shots were fired. He recalled people were screaming, running and pushing each other over to get out of the park.

“Kids were crying,” Harrison said. “Some people were looking for their loved ones.”

Kourtney Jones, of Frostburg, Md., was on a ride with her sister when shots were first fired. When she got off the ride, she heard another shot.

Jones said she and her sister ran, but were temporarily separated. Jones and her sister were eventually reunited and exited the park. According to Jones, her sister’s friend was injured after being trampled trying to escape the park.

Katrina Zemlock of Indiana, Pa., described the scene as “chaos.” As Zemlock, her fiancé and friends tried to exit the park, Zemlock said she encountered people screaming and running, while others acted confused or didn’t believe there was any danger.

Outside the park, WPXI news anchor Susan Koeppen tweeted she was waiting to pick her son when she heard two shots fired.

“Witnesses said they ran, some hopped behind fences and left their belongings behind,” Koeppen tweeted.

Jadyn Kathleen was also outside of the park when she heard gunshots. Kathleen, of New Kensington, said she and her friends noticed “many concerning things” when they were in the park before the shooting.

Kathleen there was “barely any” park security and children under 12 ran around the park unattended throughout the day.

“Security is clearly severely understaffed,” she said.

Kennywood’s Phantom Fall Fest was scheduled to run from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday.


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