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One person was injured when shots were fired during an argument between two groups of people at the Oklahoma State Fair on Saturday (Sept. 23), sending a crowd of people running for safety, police said.
One person was arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon after the evening shooting, Oklahoma City police Lt. Jeff Cooper said Sunday. Police initially took two people into custody but Cooper said one of them was later released.
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Police have not yet released the suspect’s name.
The injured person was taken to the hospital and remained in critical condition Sunday, police said.
The shooting happened at an event center on the fairgrounds. Capt. Valerie Littlejohn said that after the initial shooting, someone fired some rounds into the air as people started running.
Guns are prohibited on the fairgrounds, and there are security and detectors at entrances, police said.
Motley Crue‘s Vince Neil, on the Saturday night lineup with an 8 p.m. start time, was mid-performance at the fair’s nearby Chickasaw Country Entertainment Stage when the incident occurred. He wrote about the alarming experience on his X (formerly Twitter) account Sunday afternoon.
“At a concert in Oklahoma City Crazy night last night. 3/4 of the way thru the set people started running,” Neil said. “We were told to get in [the] dressing room. There were shooters shooting people.”
“Thank you fans for your understanding,” he added, addressing those who were at the fair and didn’t get his full set.
In another message, Neil wrote, “Thankfully we are all okay! Thanks to everyone who came out. Please stay safe!”
See Neil’s statement below.
At a concert in Oklahoma City Crazy night last night. 3/4 of the way thru the set people started running. We we’re told to get in dressing room. There were shooters shooting people. Thank you fans for your understanding.
— Vince Neil (@thevinceneil) September 24, 2023
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