Ohio teen arrested in shooting at amusement park



A 15-year-old has been arrested in final month’s shooting at a western Pennsylvania amusement park that wounded three folks, together with two youngsters.

Allegheny County and West Mifflin police mentioned final week that {the teenager} is being charged as an grownup with aggravated assault, reckless endangering and firearms crimes in the Sept. 24 gunfire at Kennywood Park on the opening night time of the park’s Phantom Fall Fest.

Park officers mentioned the late Saturday night time shooting adopted an altercation between two teams of youngsters close to the Musik Express experience at the park in West Mifflin, southeast of Pittsburgh. A 39-year-old man and two 15-year-old boys had been taken to hospitals with leg wounds, authorities mentioned.

Investigators mentioned final week that proof recovered at the scene indicated that there have been two weapons fired, considered one of them by {the teenager} arrested. He himself was additionally grazed on the thigh by a bullet, and authorities are trying to find a second suspect, which Christopher Kearns, the county police superintendent, mentioned is “almost certainly” a juvenile.

Kennywood closed for the day after the shooting and introduced new safety measures together with extra police, extra safety alongside perimeter fences, limits on bag sizes and masks overlaying faces and requiring grownup chaperones for all juveniles at all instances throughout the Fall Fest, scheduled to run till mid-October.

Kearns mentioned it stays unclear how the weapons bought into the park, and investigators are nonetheless wanting at the likelihood that the weapons had been tossed over the park fence or carried by somebody leaping the fence. Officials mentioned they’re reducing down bushes alongside the perimeter fence to enhance visibility and putting in new floodlights and safety cameras to fully cowl the fence line. They additionally vowed to “considerably” enhance safety patrols.

Authorities mentioned they consider the gunfire stemmed from a feud between two teams of youngsters that has led to scores of shootings in a number of Mon Valley communities. Victor Joseph, county police assistant superintendent, cited 55 requires photographs fired in Duquesne and Homestead, the communities of the rival teams.

“We all know that it is a significant issue,” Joseph mentioned. “The individuals who reside in these communities understand how critical it’s. People who’ve misplaced family members as a consequence of gun violence and incarceration understand how devastating it’s.”


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