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“Batman was going to get the bad guys”: Son comforts mom as they hide during Six Flags shooting

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Kenosha County mom is reliving the moments she and her two youngest children had been pressured to hide inside a workers kitchen at Six Flags Great America, after gunshots rang out in the parking zone Sunday night time.

Two folks had been shot and a 3rd particular person was injured in the assault, after a white sedan pulled up to the entrance entrance to the amusement park, and a couple of particular person acquired out of the automobile and began shooting, earlier than taking off.

Police are nonetheless looking for suspects.

As CBS 2’s Marissa Perlman explains, it was the moments not figuring out what occurred that Ashley Blanck continues to be making an attempt to take up

The two individuals who had been shot have been launched from the hospital, and are anticipated to be okay, however even now, what occurred in these moments outdoors Six Flags Great America has left an enduring influence on the households who had been inside and had been pressured to run for his or her lives.

“In that moment, none of us knew, and all of us were terrified,” she stated.

Blanck’s two youngest boys had been on a experience at Great America at 7:49 p.m. Sunday. By 7:50 p.m., gunshots rang out outdoors the amusement park.

“I literally dropped all my stuff and just ran,” Blanck stated.

She stated she unbuckled her children, hopped a fence, and the three ran for his or her lives. They had been ushered right into a kitchen by workers and different parkgoers, and barricaded inside

“I was just really scared. So I called my husband. I was like, ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen,'” she stated. “He said, ‘I’m praying. I love you.'”

For greater than an hour, Blanck and dozens of others had been in the darkish, hiding.

Then, her 3-year-old son, Bruce, stated “Batman was going to get the bad guys, and we were going to be okay.”

They did not know what was taking place outdoors, which really was a focused shooting in the parking zone. A white sedan drove to the entrance entrance. More than one particular person acquired out of the automobile and began shooting, hitting not less than two folks earlier than taking off.

“I just wanted to keep my boys safe, but I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Blanck stated.

Eventually, they had been escorted to their automobile by police, and at some point later, it was again to business in the Blanck family and at Six Flags, the place the park is working as established order

Parkgoers on Monday stated they felt a heavier safety presence.

“We saw a lot of cops and security people around,” one girl stated.

“There were lots of employees around. Everything looked really good. I felt safe,” one other girl stated.

But others stated safety wasn’t doing constant bag checks as folks had been going into the park, though all guests did have to cross by way of a steel detector to get inside, as ordinary.

For Blanck, she stated she’ll be again right here together with her boys, telling them that concern will not maintain them again from having enjoyable.

“I just hugged them and said they were super brave,” she stated.

No suspect is in custody, however police consider this was a focused shooting.

Gurnee Police are taking the lead on the investigation, and requested these with any info to name 847-599-7000. Anonymous ideas can also be submitted to Lake County Crime Stoppers by telephone at 847-662-2222 or on-line at lakecountycrimestoppers.com.

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