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Drive-by shooting outside Knotts Berry Farm leaves 1 wounded

A drive-by shooting outside Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park left a boy wounded Friday, July 9.

Dispatchers received numerous reports of shots fired near the front entrance of the theme park at about 8:27 p.m., Buena Park Police Sgt. Mario Escamilla said.

A preliminary investigation suggests that at least one round was fired from a vehicle on Grand Avenue, south of La Palma, struck one person. The victim was described as a juvenile male.

Paramedics rushed the victim to a hospital, Escamilla said. That person was in treatment as of 9:46 p.m., and did not immediately appear to have been gravely wounded.

Representatives for Knotts Berry Farm said the person who was shot “was assisted by park personnel outside of the park’s gates,” in a statement posted to Twitter Friday evening. Large crowds scattered as gunfire rang out near the front entrance of the park, Escamilla said. Some people twisted their ankles as they ran from the scene of the shooting.

Zachery Lewis was at the park with family members when “out of nowhere people started running from the bumper cars,” he told Adrian Pineda, a videographer for OC Hawk. “I checked around first, thought it was a fire because I could smell burning. But then I heard: ‘Gun! Gun! Gun!’”

Lewis said he saw people being knocked about and falling over in the panic immediately following the shooting. He attempted to help some get back up, dislocating his shoulder in the process, he said with his arm held aloft and supported by a friend Friday evening. He became separated from the people he was with, and wound up hiding in bathroom with strangers.

The park was evacuated, and police asked people to stay away from the area, Escamilla said. However, officials do not believe there is any lingering danger in the aftermath of the shooting. Reports of an active shooter in the area were false.



Source: Orange County Register

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