(TheIndependentStar.com) – A new mass shooting has occurred in the United States, this time during the State Fair of Texas, wounding three people, luckily without any fatalities, as the suspected shooter was apprehended swiftly.
A gunman opened fire at the food court of the Texas State Fair in Dallas, injuring three people, The Washington Times reports.
Later, the Dallas police detained a man on Saturday evening linked to a shooting, according to CBS News.
The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Cameron Turner, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault.
Despite his attempt to escape, Turner was apprehended soon after the gunfire ensued.
All three victims – two men and one woman – sustained injuries that were not life-threatening and were subsequently hospitalized, where they remain in stable condition.
Moments after the shooting, videos circulated on social media platforms capturing panicked fairgoers rushing towards the exits as emergency alerts echoed from the Fair’s public announcement system.
In light of the incident, the State Fair of Texas announced a delayed opening time of 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. They also released a statement expressing their distress about the Saturday night event.
“Safety is the number one priority of the State Fair of Texas. We are committed to upholding the level of security required to ensure the State Fair of Texas event is a safe and family-friendly environment for all fairgoers, vendors, and employees,” the fair organizers said.
One of the attendees, Awbrey Steele, provided footage of the incident’s aftermath to CBS News Texas and recounted her unsettling experience atop the Ferris wheel.
“We were just getting on to the Ferris wheel and we heard screaming. We didn’t hear shots and then everyone started running towards the exit,” she said.
Steele’s narrative paints a scene of confusion and fear, accentuated by her uncertainty about whether they were facing a mass shooter.
“The State Fair of Texas is a treasured event… Although this incident was isolated, I am outraged that anyone would choose to act out violently at the Fair. We will not tolerate this behavior,” Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson of Dallas commented in a statement.
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