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Violence has once again struck Lake County, Illinois.

Chaos erupted at the Six Flags Great America theme park tonight amid reports of an active shooter. According to a statement issued by Six Flags, the incident took place in the parking lot.

This evening, three people were injured outside the park when shots were fired from a single vehicle. The vehicle immediately drove away. Park security and on-site Gurnee Police Department Substation officers responded immediately. Law enforcement is investigating. — Six Flags PR

The unfortunate tradition of rapidly-spreading false information was quick to hit social media as panicked park guests made an attempt to flee. On the south side of the park, some even tried to break through fences to access the Washington Street exit.

Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies swarmed the park this evening as helicopters hovered overhead. Reports from those inside the park varied, with many families sheltering in place. Other videos show law enforcement headed into the park armed with shields and rifles.

As some readers may know, The Rock Father Magazine is based in Lake County and Six Flags Great America has been featured on the site many times over the past 13 years.

Our family has, in the past, held season passes but decided to skip it this year, mainly due to violence. During a visit to the park last year, my wife and kids witnessed multiple individuals engaged in physical altercations at the attached Hurricane Harbor Waterpark.

With the world reopened following the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’d discussed the possibility of further incidents of violence at the park, and unfortunately, that’s just what’s happened.

Tonight’s news comes roughly five weeks after the tragedy on July 4 in neighboring Highland Park.

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James Zahn aka The Rock Father is the founder and publisher of The Rock Father Magazine, and also serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, and Senior Editor of The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider. Zahn is an Illinois-based writer, media personality, commentator, director, actor, adventurer, raconteur, and overall pop culture and toy enthusiast. James is frequently called upon for expert commentary on the toy industry and has been seen on or quoted in Yahoo! Finance, CNN, FOX Business, MarketWatch, Forbes, NBC, ABC, CBS, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The NY Post, The Chicago Tribune, PopSugar, Fangoria, Starlog, and many more. He has been involved with business, entertainment, and media for more than 30 years, with a passion for music, film, retail, and publishing. Follow James on Twitter @TheRockFather. Email him: