Deputy shoots man who fired weapon at California racetrack

Geneva Stokes
September 3, 2018

The concert was scheduled for the Del Mar Racetrack at the fairgrounds about 21 miles north of downtown San Diego.

A male suspect has been injured after a sheriff's deputy shot him when he opened fire in a mid-race shooting at Del Mar track in California.

A sheriff's deputy shot a man who reportedly fired his weapon into the air Sunday evening at a horse-racing track, according to a witness who spoke to CBS affiliate KFMB-TV.

"An argument ensued", the sheriff said in a statement.

Deputies returned fire, the sheriff said.

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Video provided by Fox San Diego showed deputies struggling with a man in a white shirt on the ground.

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TVG's Todd Schrupp, who was heard on the television broadcast repeatedly exclaiming "Gunfire at the track!" during the gallop out of the 10th race, later took to Twitter to share details of the event.

The unidentified man was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.

Police cordon off the area at Del Mar Racetrack where shots were fired ahead of an Ice Cube concert.

As is our special events protocol, substantial law enforcement and private security was on site in anticipation of the event. "In light of the circumstances that unfolded involving one individual with a gun, we take consolation in the fact that no patrons, officers or security personnel were injured in the incident", the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club said in a statement.

A spokesman at Del Mar Racetrack has since said the situation was "contained".

We also are thankful for the work and training our personnel have done with the Sherriff's Department regarding possible active shooter incidents.

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