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Teenager, 15 years old, arrested in shooting at amusement park that injured 3 people


WEST MIFFLIN, Ohio –

A 15-year-old man was arrested in last month’s shooting at a western Pennsylvania amusement park that injured three people, including two teenagers.

Allegheny and West Mifflin County Sheriffs said last week the teen is being charged as an adult with the more serious counts of endangering and using a weapon in the September 24 shooting at Kennywood Park on the night of opening of the park’s Phantom Autumn Festival.

Park officials said Saturday night’s shooting followed a scuffle between two groups of teenagers near the Musik Express at the park in West Mifflin, southeast of Pittsburgh. Authorities said a 39-year-old man and two 15-year-old boys were taken to hospital with leg injuries.

Investigators said last week that evidence recovered at the scene showed two guns were fired, one of which belonged to the arrested teenager. He himself was also hit in the thigh by a bullet and authorities are looking for a second suspect, which Christopher Kearns, the county sheriff’s director, said was “most likely” a minor.

Kennywood closed the day after the shooting and announced new security measures including more police, more security along the perimeter fence, limits on bag sizes and face coverings and requirements Adult accompaniment for all minors during the Fall Festival, which is scheduled to run until mid-October.

Kearns said it remains unclear how the weapon entered the park and investigators are still looking into the possibility that the weapon was thrown over a park fence or carried by someone jumping over the fence. Officials said they are cutting trees along the perimeter fence to improve visibility and installing new floodlights and security cameras to completely cover the fence. They also vowed to “significantly” increase security patrols.

Authorities said they believe the shooting stemmed from a feud between two groups of teenagers that has led to multiple shootings in several communities in Mon Valley. Victor Joseph, assistant county sheriff, cited 55 calls to open fire in Duquesne and Homestead, communities of rival groups.

“We all know that this is a serious problem,” says Joseph. “People who live in these communities know how serious it is. People who have lost loved ones to gun violence and incarceration know how devastating it can be.”

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