Gunman shoots 3 at Texas fair before being shot by deputies: police

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A gunman shot three people, including two first responders, at the Tri-State Fair & Rodeo in Texas before he was shot and wounded by sheriff’s deputies, authorities said.

Just before 11 p.m. Monday, a man opened fire on Potter County deputies working off-duty at the fair in Amarillo, Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas said.

Thomas said the “male suspect opened fire on the deputies, striking a deputy and an off-duty firefighter, also working at the fair, and a bystander.” Deputies returned fire, wounding the suspect.

A witness described the scene as “pure chaos” to KFDA-TV. 

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The deputy, firefighter and bystander were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, authorities said. The suspected gunman was taken to the hospital with injuries that were described as life-threatening.

Thomas did not identify any of the victims or the suspect. He did not offer a motive for the shooting, which is being investigated by the Texas Rangers.

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A suspect shot three people, including two first responders, at the Tri-State Fair & Rodeo in Texas, before he was shot and wounded by sheriff’s deputies, authorities said.

A suspect shot three people, including two first responders, at the Tri-State Fair & Rodeo in Texas, before he was shot and wounded by sheriff’s deputies, authorities said.

Amarillo is about 365 miles northwest of Dallas.

The Tri-State Fair will be closed until 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to a press release.

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“All normal operating hours will resume at that time,” the announcement reads. “Additional security measures will be in place at gates and on grounds. All walk-through traffic needs to occur at Gates 1 & 4.”

Citizen video outside a Texas fair where a gunman shot three people, including two first responders, before he was shot and wounded by sheriff’s deputies, authorities said.

Citizen video outside a Texas fair where a gunman shot three people, including two first responders, before he was shot and wounded by sheriff’s deputies, authorities said. (Chino Antonio Tru via Storyful)

The fair began on Sept. 16 and is expected to operate through Sept. 24, according to its website. 

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Organizers implemented a “clear bag policy” for attendees this year. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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