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A heavy police presence gathered at Kennywood Park, an amusement park in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, on Saturday night after gunfire was reported in the area. The possible shooting was classified as a “high casualty incident”.
Pennsylvania police and emergency service vehicles from multiple agencies responded to the scene to rescue and treat victims still trapped inside the park, which was especially crowded Saturday night as the park kicked off its Phantom Fall Fest. , reported WPXI-TV.
“There is one confirmed incident in Kennywood with reported injuries. My thoughts are with the victims of physical and mental injuries,” Pennsylvania State Rep. Nick Pisciottano tweeted.
Kennywood confirmed in a statement to Fox News Digital that visitors left the park while law enforcement remained inside.
“The park is closed for the night and all guests are out. We are aware of a situation that occurred tonight and are working with local law enforcement,” communications manager Tasha said. Pokrzywa, in an email. “The safety of our guests and crew members is our top priority. Members of the park, Allegheny County and West Mifflin security departments were already on site and responded immediately.”
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It is not immediately known how many people were injured or the severity of their injuries.
Witnesses at the scene told WPXI that several people were lying on the ground, but it is unclear if they were shot.
“There’s no denying what I heard,” said a witness, confirming that he heard gunshots.
The incident happened around 10:45 p.m., minutes before the park was scheduled to close.
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West Mifflin Borough Police are urging the public to avoid the area.
“Due to the current emergency services situation, there is an increased emergency services presence in the Kennywood Park area,” police said. “We ask that you avoid the area at this time.”
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The park was particularly crowded on Saturday night as Kennywood’s flagship October event, Phantom Fall Fest, a Halloween event for children and adults, began this weekend.
A witness told WPXI they believe the sound of gunshots was “a prop” used in a haunted house.
In 2016, a 26-year-old woman was shot dead near Kennywood Park during a July 4 celebration.