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People run to safety after gunfire erupts at Texas State Fair injuring three people


Jamie Landers
The Dallas Morning News

The State Fair of Texas was evacuated Saturday night after gunfire left three people wounded and sent hundreds fleeing from Fair Park.

Here’s what we know about the shooting thus far:

When and where did the shooting take place?

A Dallas police call log showed dozens of units responding to Fair Park for an assist-officer call about 7:50 p.m. The State Fair then posted on social media just after 8 p.m. that Fair Park was being evacuated, adding they urged the public to avoid the area.

Dallas City Council member Adam Bazaldua, whose district includes Fair Park, posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the shooting occurred in the food court and was “sparked from a dispute between two people who knew each other.”

How many people were injured?

According to police, three people were wounded. Their injuries weren’t considered life-threatening, and their names were not released.

No fatalities were reported.

Has anyone been arrested?

According to police, one person was arrested after running from the scene of the shooting. Officers also recovered a gun at the scene.

No additional details about the suspect were released.

Are guns allowed at the State Fair?

The State Fair’s website states no weapons are allowed on the fairgrounds but does say the fair “has long allowed Fair attendees with valid handgun licenses to carry their handguns in a concealed manner.”

Instead of metal detectors, fair visitors walk through what is known as an “open gate system.”

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