WEST MIFFLIN, PA – Amusement Park security at Kennywood Park, a popular family amusement destination located southeast of Pittsburgh came under fire after three people were shot, including two teenagers Saturday night.
Police responded to the park at around 10:30 after security officers working inside the park reported a disturbance and shots fired near the Music Express ride.
Upon their arrival, Kennywood Park security officers along with West Mifflin and Allegheny County Police officers who were working the detail responded and found three gunshot wound victims.
According to police, a 39-year-old adult male suffered from a gunshot wound to the leg and two teens were also struck by the gunfire.
“One 15-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the leg and a second 15-year-old male with a grazing wound to the leg,” the Allegheny Police Department said in a statement about the injured. “The adult male and one of the juveniles were taken to area hospitals by paramedics. The adult male was treated and released, the juvenile is in stable condition and remains at the hospital. The juvenile male with the grazing wound to the leg left the scene and was later transported by a family member to an area hospital. He is listed in stable condition.”
Kennywood Park was closed on Sunday and officials expect the park to reopen on Friday.
“We are greatly saddened by the violence that occurred last night. Our thoughts are with those who were injured as a result of the incident, as well as all guests and team members affected by what happened. We have made services available for team members in need of support at this time,” park officials said in a statement Sunday. “We are closely collaborating with police as they investigate. Our entry security protocols include a state of the art weapons detection system put into place at the start of this season, video scanning, and bag checks. We regularly supplement our park security staff with officers from the Allegheny County Police Department and West Mifflin Police Department, who were contracted to support our teams during operating hours, including Saturday evening.”
According to witnesses, two groups of juveniles were involved in an altercation with each other. During that incident, shots rang out. The suspect identified as the shooter was described as a black male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a dark-colored COVID mask.
Police found a gun at the scene of the shooting but have not said whether that gun was the one used in the shooting.