Attorney answers questions regarding potential lawsuits against Kennywood after Saturday’s violence

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — People directly impacted by Saturday’s shooting at Kennywood Park are now seeking legal advice.

Channel 11 spoke with a local attorney who says they have every right to and all businesses need to look at the security measures they have in place.

“It’s important that businesses learn from any tragic event and these additional steps that Kennywood is putting in place are important but it’s equally important to find out why they weren’t put in place prior to this shooting,” said attorney Rob Peirce.

Peirce had the same questions last September when a shooting killed 15-year-old Steven Eason at the Haunted Hills Hayride in North Versailles.

He recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of Eason’s family, pointing out certain security measures that weren’t in place that night.

“I think the victims would have every right to investigate the prior procedures, protocols, prior incidents that may have occurred at Kennywood. Unfortunately, I believe there are some steps that could have been taken to prevent this tragic outcome,” said Peirce.

Kennywood added some of those steps today, including anyone under 17 must be with an adult — 21 or older — at all times.

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A similar policy was in place that night but only after 4 p.m. Yet several people reported seeing large groups of kids roaming the park without supervision.

“So no matter what policy or procedure you have in place if you don’t enforce it, it doesn’t do any good,” said Peirce.

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