The Soaky Mountain shooting is currently under investigation by the Sevierville Police Department though there has been no announcement that the waterpark is closed. There were two people shot at Soaky Mountain Waterpark Saturday, a popular tourist destination in the heart of the Smoky Mountains.
Reports claim that a fight broke out in the parking lot at around 8:00 p.m. It’s unclear how the altercation escalated but police say it ended with two victims being shot. As of Sunday morning, the names of the two victims have not been revealed by police. Sevierville police have identified the two victims as women, though their relationship to the suspects has not been identified.
It was reported that both victims were taken to nearby hospitals. One was rushed to UT Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. The other unidentified victim was taken to Leconte Medical Center in Sevierville.
According to Sevierville police, three suspects were detained after the incident. The alleged shooter has not been identified, but police took them into custody Saturday night. There is no active threat at the waterpark following the Soaky Mountain shooting.
A spokesperson for the waterpark explained that “the Soaky Mountain management team is committed to safety and is cooperating fully with the Sevierville Police Department as they further investigate [the] situation.”
The spokesperson continued, saying that “the Sevierville Police Department is overseeing this investigation and will release more information as it becomes available. Because this is an active investigation we cannot comment on it any further.”
As of Sunday morning, there were no reports that the Soaky Mountain Waterpark was closed. The waterpark’s hours were unchanged and it was expected to open its doors the day after the shooting. The park is open from 10:00 a.m. each day in the summer, according to its website.
The Soaky Mountain shooting is a developing story and Sevierville police hope to have updates on the situation by Sunday afternoon. The police department has not released a statement as of Sunday morning, as the investigation is still underway.
Soaky Mountain Waterpark is a 50-acre attraction that celebrated its grand opening on June 9, 2020. According to its website, the waterpark “features some of the most thrilling and unique water attractions available, all in a beautiful mountain-modern park setting.”
The park is located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains on 175 Gists Creek Road in Sevierville, Tennessee. It offers over a dozen water rides including thrill rides, family rides, and rides “for the littles,” according to its website.
The attraction is advertised as family-friendly, though the recent shooting does worry some parkgoers. Questions about whether the waterpark is unsafe or dangerous have surfaced on social media, but waterpark officials have not made any further comments.
One Twitter user claimed they were there when the Soaky Mountain shooting occurred. Ashley Kaye said that “we were there and got stuck inside the park for a while.”
Kaye wrote on Twitter during the incident, explaining that “we are at Soaky Mountain Waterpark inside the park. Not allowed to leave due to a shooting in the parking lot.” They claimed that “I do not have details. I believe the incident is over, but we are still here. Please pray for anyone who may have been shot!”
Kaye provided a video of the crime scene later Saturday night after parkgoers were allowed to leave. Kaye explained that “the staff here has done an AMAZING job keeping us safe and calm.” When Ashely Kaye returned home, they said that they were “so grateful to finally be safe at home! What a night! Soaky Mountain your staff handled tonight’s situation with excellence. Give them all a raise!”
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