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Kennywood has Freak Accident Shooting on 4th of July

KwdAn unfortunate event took place at Kennywood Park on July, 4th 2015. Guests came from all over to celebrate Independence Day and America with thrills and fireworks but one guest got more than she anticipated. A woman around 10:10 PM was walking towards the exit of the park when a bullet penetrated her upper chest near her shoulder. The Lady was walking near the bumper cars, known as Grand Prix at Kennywood, when a shot was fired. Police have determined the bullet came from outside of the park in what is assumed a 4th of July celebration. Kennywood wanted to assure guests that this was a freak accident.  Park Spokesman Chris Salerno stated  “It was a freak accident” and that “We’ve continued the ramped-up police presence, and it was absolutely in place”. This incident is unrelated from the situation that took place opening weekend.

Large Fight Breaks out at Kennywood

Kwd A horrible and unfortunate event took place at Kennywood in West Mifflin, PA last Saturday night. A large fight broke out involving 50 to 100 teenagers from local Pittsburgh schools. Kennywood opened to the public this day and also had several schools come and celebrate the ending of the school year.  The fight took place in the Kiddyland section of the park, and officials and law officers were quickly called to the park to help manage the crowd. The unruly guests were then escorted out of the park. Unfortunately four female visitors were injured during the confrontation.  Kennywood will reopen next Saturday on May 9th. Kennywood released a statement on their Facebook page which can be read below.

We understand there is some concern about what happened at the park Saturday evening. Please know that the first and foremost priority of those of us at Kennywood is providing a safe, family-friendly atmosphere for our guests. It is for that reason that Kennywood security personnel requested extra assistance from some of the police departments in our neighboring communities when we recognized several large groups of teenaged guests acting in an unruly fashion. It is important to note that claims of riots are an exaggeration; only four injuries were reported to Kennywood security, all of which were minor in nature. No property was damaged either.

We apologize to any and all whose evening was disrupted by this incident. We will review our measures to ensure safety and security and make any changes if determined necessary.

Kennywood will resume operations as scheduled on Saturday, May 9.