Shooting leaves one person dead outside of Canada's Wonderland

Posted Monday, May 12, 2003 5:47 AM | Contributed by Jeff

One person is dead following a shooting Sunday night at the front gates of Paramount Canada's Wonderland, a popular amusement park packed with people celebrating Mother's Day.

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Monday, May 12, 2003 6:41 PM
Man this is bad for paramount,first a shooting in PKD's parking lot a couple of weeks ago & now this!

Of course while the victim in the PKD shooting survived it's very unfourtunate that this shooting incident didn't end the same way. :(

Monday, May 12, 2003 6:55 PM
I doubt Wonderland will suffer from this. Firearms are becoming a serious issue in Toronto, and surrounding regions. It is not that hard to acquire a gun in the city these days.
Tuesday, May 13, 2003 1:46 PM
Firstly, this shooting could have taken place anywhere-- at a school, home, anywhere! It was an ongoing dispute between these people, and it just happened that they saw eachother at the park. This WAS NOT a random shooting, and the park is just as safe as it has ever been.
Tuesday, May 13, 2003 11:18 PM
Curious.... how many of the Paramount parks have metal detectors at the gates? (I realize it wouldn't have made any difference in the two shootings since they took place outside the main gates, but I'm still curious to know if they all have them installed now.)
Wednesday, May 14, 2003 4:56 AM
And it wouldn't matter at this park anyway, since, in theory, you're not supposed to have hand guns in Canada anyway (though it's a non-issue trying to get one in via Niagara Falls).

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Thursday, May 22, 2003 10:26 AM
Hello all. I work at PCW and in response to Chris' question, Paramount Canada's Wonderland is now using manual metal detectors (about 60) on employees and guests. PCW has also ordered walk-through metal detectors that should be arriving in a couple of weeks (problems getting across the border). In addition, there is heightened security at the front gates and throughout the park as well as pay duty York Regional Police officers (anywhere from 4-12 per day). The park has been and always will be 100% safe. The incident took place because the people involved (who knew each other and police previously) were fighting over $10 Canadian ($6.85 American) of marihuana. Besides, it's the first of its kind in 22 years the park's been open.... it'll be probably another 30 years before it happens again.

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