A woman is recovering at a Pennsylvania hospital after suffering an injury from a gunshot wound she suffered while at Kennywood. The accident happened around 10 p.m. right after the park’s huge Fourth of July fireworks show. While the woman was hit with a bullet, the gun was not fired in the park, making this a huge freak accident that could not have been prevented by the park.
Investigators believe the bullet came from a gun that was fired outside the park, at another 4th of July celebration in the surrounding neighborhood. Guests who were around the woman said that the 26 year old was not shot by anyone in the park, and surveillance footage also indicates that there was no one in the park with a weapon.
This is not the first time that a guest was hit with a stray bullet in a theme park. Back in January, a woman was hit in the leg by a stray bullet at Busch Gardens Tampa.
Kennywood released a statement via their official Facebook page:
Shooting guns in the air is a custom by many to celebrate all manners of huge occasions. Unfortunately, what goes up, must come down, and many times stray bullets can come down in the most unfortunate of places. In fact, a bullet fired into the air can travel up to three miles away. While this accident is unfortunate, and a woman was injured, it could have been a lot worse.
On several occasions people are killed, mostly children, when stray bullets come down. It’s a problem, but you can help by going to Bullet Free Sky. The website has tons of stories on how stray bullets can cause tragedy, but also ways that you can help.
Kennywood just happened to be in the cross-fire, and this poor woman happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.