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Gunman shoots 3 at Texas fair before being shot by deputies


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The deputy, firefighter and bystander were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

This image taken from video provided by KVII shows a police officer standing next to a police cruiser near a shooting scene in Amarillo, Texas, Monday, September 19, 2022. KVII via AP

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A gunman shot three people, including two first responders, at the Tri-State Fair & Rodeo in Texas before being 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 Amarillo Fair, Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas said.

Thomas said “the suspect opened fire on the deputies, hitting an off-duty deputy and firefighter, also working at the fair, and a passer-by”. The deputies returned fire, injuring the suspect.

The deputy, firefighter and bystander were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. The shooter was taken to hospital with injuries described as life-threatening.

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

Amarillo is approximately 365 miles (587 kilometers) northwest of Dallas.



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