Shooting Incident at State Fair of Texas Prompts Evacuation, Multiple Injuries Reported

A shooting incident at the State Fair of Texas on Saturday evening led to chaos and prompted an evacuation of the fairgrounds. The Dallas Police Department responded to reports of a shooting at approximately 7:45 p.m. One person was taken into custody in connection with the incident, which resulted in at least three individuals sustaining non-life-threatening injuries near the fair’s Tower building. Police stated that one man shot another man, and three additional people were struck by gunfire. A firearm was recovered at the scene.

Fairgoers, including those on the Ferris Wheel, were forced to evacuate, with some riders still being 200 feet above the ground. Videos captured the scene of confusion and panic below the amusement ride. Clara Bishop, a witness, called for her friends to get off a ride upon hearing news of the shooting. Amid the flood of people leaving the ride, she sought shelter under another nearby attraction.

Juan Reaves, who operates Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que, had stepped away from his stand when the shooting occurred. He expressed disappointment and stated that three employees quit due to feeling unsafe. The fair had implemented weapons detection systems and bag searches for all attendees last month. The fair’s weapons policy strictly prohibits firearms, knives, clubs, tasers, and other sharp objects. However, individuals with valid handgun licenses were allowed to carry concealed weapons, except in locations prohibited by law. Open carry of guns was not permitted.

Author: CrimeDoor

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