Police and EMS swarmed Kennywood Park in West Mifflin late Saturday night after multiple people were shot inside the park, police confirmed early Sunday morning.
According to Allegheny County police, three people were shot inside the park in the “Lost Kennywood” section by the “Musik Express” ride. This happened around 10:49 p.m.
One 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg and is in stable condition at a hospital. A 39-year-old man was also shot in the leg and was treated and released. A second 15-year-old boy was grazed in his leg by a bullet and was later taken to a hospital by a family member. He was last listed in stable condition.
Witnesses told police that two groups of juveniles were involved in an altercation and that was when shots were fired.
One handgun was recovered on Kennywood property, police said.
On Monday afternoon, Allegheny County Police said that a trace from that recovered firearm revealed that it had been stolen from a vehicle in Columbus, Ohio in August 2021.
As of Monday afternoon, police said no suspects have been identified and they have found nothing to confirm that any of the shooting victims were involved in the altercation that led to the shooting.
Several other people may have received minor injuries as a result of trampling as people were rushing to get out, though police did not have an exact number.
Allegheny County police said the shooter was described as a Black male wearing a black hoodie and a dark colored COVID face mask.
Police said they need help identifying the suspect and need anyone with video or information to call them at 1-833-ALL-TIPS.
A “mass casualty incident” was declared after shots rang out, which brought EMS resources from across Allegheny and Westmoreland counties to the park.
Allegheny County police are handling the investigation in conjunction with West Mifflin Police.
Pittsburgh police also said they are assisting with the Kennywood Park incident.
Kennywood Park released the following statement early Sunday morning:
“The park is closed for the night and all guests have exited. We are aware of a situation that occurred this evening and are working with local law enforcement. The safety of our guests and Team Members are our top priority. Members of the park’s security, Allegheny County, and West Mifflin police departments were already on site and immediately responded.”
Kennywood followed up with an updated statement on Sunday afternoon:
“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. 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 evenings. We will continue to cooperate with authorities throughout their investigation. The park is closed Sunday, September 25. We will reopen as scheduled on Friday evening, September 30, and will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.”
Channel 11 News Anchor Susan Koeppen was on the scene picking her son up from the park when shots ran out.
Susan was waiting in the parking lot when she heard two gunshots. She said a nearby father told his children to run at that point.
Susan called her son at around 10:49 p.m. who caught up to her and rushed into her vehicle. She said several kids who she had never met before also jumped into her car, just to seek shelter.
#kennywood Two shots were fired as park was getting ready to close and lots of families were in parking lot for pick up. Witnesses said they ran, some hopped fences to escape and left their belongings behind. pic.twitter.com/un0ZvfIUvK
— susan koeppen (@susankoeppen) September 25, 2022
Susan and her son observed people jumping over fences in an attempt to quickly escape the park.
They also saw a man running with a wagon with two small children in tow, trying to get them out of the park.
Susan’s son told her that he saw people rushing towards the area of the Phantom’s Revenge with a stretcher.
— susan koeppen (@susankoeppen) September 25, 2022
Kennywood Park will be closed Sunday and will reopen Friday, according to the park’s website.
The Woodland Hills School District released a statement Sunday evening. The distirct said they were notified that some of their students were at Kennywood during the shooting and said staff members are working with administration, local police, counselors and social workers to provide support for those who need it.
“We are disheartened to learn of the tragic events that occurred on Saturday night at Kennywood’s “Phantom Fall Fest.” We know that some of our students were in attendance and could have been exposed to some of the violence and resultant trauma from what occurred,” the school district said in a statment. “On Tuesday, when we return to school, we will have our counselors, social workers as well as some of our community mental health service providers to give our students and staff time and space to process and work through whatever they may be feeling as a result of the situation.”
The Woodland Hills School district is just a 15 minute drive away from Kennywood Park.
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