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Teen beaten in Six Flags attack has emergency surgery

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 15-year-old who was beaten outside Six Flags amusement park had emergency surgery Tuesday morning to remove a portion of his skull, officials said.

Doctors had to remove a portion of his skull due to life-threatening swelling. He's expected to be in a medically induced come for some time in hope the swelling can go down enough for his brain to heal and for him to survive.

The teen was attacked during an outbreak of mayhem outside Six Flags Saturday that may have been inspired by a Hollywood movie, according to witnesses.

"They were hearing people yell "Purge," "Purge," said Zina Pierre, a spokeswoman for the injured boy's family.

"The Purge" is a 2013 movie by Universal Pictures that depicts masked characters and chaos during the "one night a year" that "all crime is legal."

Numerous posts to Twitter indicate teens spreading rumors about a "Purge" theme at the Six Flags event.

"There is not, nor has there ever been, a "Purge" theme," said Six Flags spokesperson Havilah R. Ross in a written statement.

At least three people were taken to hospitals after violence broke out among large groups of teens who had just left a Halloween-themed event called "Fright Fest" at Six Flags, which closed at 10 p.m.

The 15-year-old, whose name is being withheld at the request of his family, was attacked randomly by strangers, Pierre said.

Ross says security has been beefed up in the wake of the incident and that the park will enforce a "zero tolerance" policy on visitor behavior. A second "Fright Fest" event Sunday went off peacefully.

Detectives are now investigating the assault that left the injured boy in a drug-induced coma with severe head injuries Monday.

"They continued to beat him as he was unconscious," Pierre said.


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