All of the elements are here at the Kennywood Phantom Fall Fest. Large crowds of people just hoping to have some fun. Bands of marauding teens looking for trouble. Fight that results in gunfire. Rinse. Repeat.
Police said the shooting escalated from an "altercation" between two groups of teenagers in front of one of the rides inside the park.
During the course of the altercation, at least one drew a firearm and fired two shots.
The suspected shooter was described as a Black [sic] teenage male wearing a black hoodie and a COVID mask.
The most recent census data on Wikipedia is from 2000 and back then West Mifflin, Pennsylvania was close to 90% White. I am sure that has dropped in the meantime. It doesn't matter because events like the Phantom Fall Fest are magnets for groups of "youths" to travel to and generally cause mayhem. What was the squabble that led to the fight and then the shooting? No one seems to know but it is safe to assume it wasn't anything worth shooting someone about.
We are at a point where people are going to stop going to public places where crowds gather and "teens" are drawn: malls, movie theaters, amusement parks, any kind of fun gatherings. Who wants to load up your kids to go to some crowded event where anything might set off one of the young fellas and cause them to start blasting?
It isn't right that we can't have nice gatherings but that is how it is regardless. Follow the sage advice of Ol' Remus and avoid crowds.