1 young person shot at Carowinds theme park in the Carolinas


FORT MILL, S.C. (AP) — A juvenile was shot and wounded in the parking lot of the Carowinds theme mark on the South Carolina-North Carolina state line near Charlotte, sheriff’s deputies said.

The shooting happened around 7:15 p.m. Monday in the bus drop-off and pickup area on the South Carolina side of the park, said Trent Faris, a spokesman for the York County Sheriff’s Department.

The teen was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. There was no word on his condition but Charlotte Medic called the injuries life-threatening. His name has not been released.

Authorities were looking for a suspect.

“We view this as an isolated incident,” Faris said Monday night. “I can tell you we believe it stemmed from an earlier argument that happened inside the park.”

He said the shooting happened as the park was closing.

“By the time we arrived, it was fairly calm,” Faris said. He did not immediately respond to a message early Tuesday seeking more information.

Carowinds spokeswoman Laresa Thompson told local news outlets that the park is cooperating with the sheriff’s office and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

The park was closed Tuesday and is now operating on weekends only under its regular fall schedule.

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