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Three Injured, One in Critical Condition Following Shooting at Orlando Theme Park

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Gun violence led to three minors being rushed to the hospital on Saturday evening following a shooting at an Orlando-area theme park.

An amusement park located on International Drive in Central Florida, approximately ten miles northeast of the Walt Disney World Resort, was the location of a shooting on Saturday night. Shortly before midnight, a person fired shots into a crowded parking lot at Dezerland Park, injuring three minors.

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A call to local law enforcement was placed around 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, 15 minutes before the amusement park was scheduled to close for the evening. Officers with the Orlando Police Department responded, arriving on the scene at Dezerland only moments later.

According to investigators, someone began shooting into a crowd just before the Dezerland indoor amusement park was to close on Saturday. After everything was said and done, there were three young victims–each one injured by gunfire. The children were immediately transported to Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, about 5 miles from Dezerland. According to police, one of the young victims is listed in critical condition.

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As of the time of this publication, the Orlando Police Department has not released any information about a person of interest or about how many guns were involved. As this is a developing story, more information will be shared as it is made available. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families as they are facing this difficult situation.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!