DALLAS, TX – A shooting incident at the State Fair of Texas on Saturday evening resulted in three people sustaining non-critical injuries, according to local law enforcement. The shooting suspect, who initially fled from the scene of the crime, was eventually apprehended by police officers. A firearm, which is believed to be the weapon used in the incident, was recovered by authorities in the process.
The victims’ exact medical conditions remain undisclosed. The incident led to the evacuation of Fair Park, located southeast of downtown Dallas, a venue that typically attracts over 100,000 visitors on busy weekend nights.
The shooting took place around 7:45 p.m. in the fair’s food court, also known as the Tower Building, distinguished by its prominent Art Deco design. A man opened fire on another individual, as stated by Sr. Cpl. Melinda Gutierrez of the Dallas Police Department during a press briefing. She also reported that three individuals were injured in the shooting. The circumstances leading to the other two victims being shot are still under investigation.
Adam Bazaldua, a City Council member, stated on social media that the incident was triggered by a dispute between two individuals who were acquainted with each other. Fair organizers urged those outside the fairgrounds to steer clear of the area.
The State Fair of Texas, which attracted a record-breaking crowd of over 2.5 million visitors last year, often sees weekend attendance figures surpassing the 100,000 mark. The fair is set to reopen on Sunday at 2 p.m. CT and will continue until the following weekend.