At least two were wounded, and one was arrested on Sunday following a shooting at the Williams Lake Stampede grounds in Canada.
The Royal Canadian Mountain Police responded to reports of the shooting incident on the Williams Lake Stampede grounds at about 3:30 PM.
“Two people suffering from unspecified injuries have been taken to a local area hospital, and one suspect is in custody. Preliminary information suggests that this incident was targeted, and no further risk remains to the public,” Sgt. Kris Clark said.
Kevin Li, a witness in the shooting incident, said the final bull rider was about to leave the gates on the last event of the stampede when he noticed that people started to turn and look around.
“People were looking around and then more people started to look and then we heard ‘get down, gunshots, gunshots’,” Li said.
Li added that the announcer calmly asked the attendees of the stampede to evacuate, gave a special message to mobility-impaired patrons, and requested them to stay clear of emergency vehicles.
Court Smith, the President of the Wings Lake Stampede Association, addressed the shooting incident in a video on their Facebook page.
“I just wanted to inform everybody that after an unforeseen event here at our stampede, there were thousands of our patrons [that] were evacuated safely. We have been informed by the RCMP that there are two people sent to the hospital. There were no other injuries. Our announcer did a fantastic job of having people exit the facility. Things are returning a bit to normal,” Smith said.
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