Alicia Dye | News Editor
Sept. 29, 2022
Saturday night, three people, including two 15-year-olds, were injured in a shooting in front of the Musik Express ride at Kennywood.
Officials said the shooting happened after two groups were fighting inside the park and the fight progressed. Gunfire erupted around 10:46 p.m. and sent many running for cover.
According to a statement from park officials, Allegheny and West Mifflin officers were already at the park when shots rang out. Park security also responded to the situation.
The shooting happened on the first day of the 20th annual Phantom Fall Fest, a Halloween themed family-friendly event.
The park is shut down for operations until Sept. 30. The park is also implementing new security protocols, including a chaperone policy.
The new chaperone policy requires anyone under 17 to be accompanied by an adult 21 or older at all times.
Masks have also been banned after 6 p.m. with an exception for medical masks.
A handgun was also discovered at the scene, however the shooter remains unidentified.
A new bag policy is going into effect starting Friday, and it will limit the size of bags to 8 inches by 5 inches by 1 inch, with exceptions made for medical and diaper bags. The park will also conduct more bag spot checks and closely monitor perimeter fences from now on.
The park also plans to add more police throughout the park.
“We are doubling the number of police officers contracted through local law enforcement agencies for each night of Phantom Fall Fest,” the park said in a statement. “There will be a more visible police presence at the entrance and throughout the park.”
Kennywood uses security technology from Evolv Technologies, which is also used Acrisure Stadium and PNC Park.
The police are currently investigating how the gun got into the park and are actively looking for the suspect.
Staff is also installing flood lights and security cameras are being installed.
“The safety of our guests and team members are our top priority,” the park’s statement said.