Speaking on behalf of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Andrea Deardon told the Idaho Statesman over the phone that there was a complaint of a shot being fired on Friday night at the Western Idaho Fair parking lot. The sheriff’s office tweeted that a struggle at around 9:45 p.m. left one person with a knife wound and another with a “accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
Western Idaho Fair shooting and Stabbing
Police said that during the altercation, one individual was reportedly stabbed, and another appeared to have been inadvertently shot by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Idaho’s BOISE A fight that started Friday night at the Western Idaho State Fair left two individuals hurt.
The altercation took place in the western parking lot around 9:45 p.m., according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO). The fight left two persons hurt, and they were brought to a nearby hospital to receive medical attention.
Impacts of Shooting at Western Idaho
According to Deardon, the altercation resulted in a code red warning being issued to visitors to the fairgrounds.
The fairgrounds were closed off to them. Deardon stated that there were no active shooters present.
According to Deardon, the department always wants to make sure the location is safe when searching for a suspect.
Public gets crazy due to Western Idaho Fair shooting
A sheriff’s office representative named Patrick Orr told the Statesman over the phone that following the stabbing, people started to flee and that’s when an unnamed person shot themselves in the head. According to Orr, the police have found the gun and the gunshot victim is currently receiving medical care.
People fled the altercation as sheriff’s deputies rapidly closed up the parking lot and fair gates, according to the tweet. Orr estimated that the shutdown lasted for 45 minutes total. Deardon claimed that the altercation resulted in a code red warning being sent to fairgoers.
They couldn’t get off the fairgrounds. Deardon clarified that there was no active shooter scenario. Deardon told the Statesman that while the department is searching for a suspect, they want to make sure the environment is safe.
Police reopen parking gate after Stabbing at Western Idaho Fair
The tweet announced that the fair’s parking lot and gates had reopened. No one has been detained, Orr informed the Statesman. Some of the fighters have been found by authorities, but not all of them, according to the tweet.
Two unnamed individuals are receiving medical attention for their wounds. The message stated, “We know it was perplexing and perhaps frightening for some at the fair tonight. The parking lots and gates were shut because deputies acted promptly to determine what was happening and keep people safe.
Suspect behind this Western Idaho Fair shooting
Some of the participants in the battle have been found by deputies, but not all of them. There does not appear to be a current active threat to public safety, according to a tweet from ACSO.
As information became available, fairgoers were very confused and worried, but the situation has already passed, allowing visitors to return home.
When the commotion started, two of KTVB’s producers were present at the fair and among the throng. They were able to send pictures back to the newsroom.
Public tweets on Western Idaho Fair shooting and stabbing
For those attending the fair tonight, we know it was perplexing and possibly frightening. The parking lots and gates were shut because deputies moved swiftly to determine what was happening and keep people safe.
The parking lots are still nearly full, and the flow of traffic remains sluggish. It will probably start out slowly. We are working to get everyone out and appreciate the patience everyone is displaying.
Official”s statement on shooting at Western Idaho Fair
According to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, a brawl that started in the parking lot on Friday night resulted in the stabbing and gunshot reports.
The sheriff added, “We know it was perplexing and even frightening for some at the fair tonight. The parking lots were closed because deputies responded fast to determine what was happening and keep people safe.
The two injured people are currently receiving treatment, however it was not immediately clear how badly hurt they were.
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