Update: (10:07 p.m)
The Tri-State fair opened under normal operating hours today at 4 p.m. Tri-State Fair CEO Brady Rangland said they will be increasing security measures to increase safety for fairgoers.
“We’re going to beef up the security presence at the gates and around the grounds, said Brady Rangland CEO of Tri-State Fair and Rodeo.” “We’re also going to implement a wanding procedure at each of our entrance gates so fairgoers please be patient as you’re coming into the gates, but we feel like that’s necessary this time. And then of course, as you guys all know, this was the year that we implemented a clear bag policy. So obviously, that will still remain in place. “
At the end of each fair, the management team conducts a review in preparation for the following year. In 98 years of the fair, this is the first time an incident like this has occurred. During the press conference, Rangland and Potter County Sherrif Brian Thomas emphasized that they are doing everything they can to ensure the safety of everyone and that this was an isolated event that they don’t want to define the fair.
“One thing I want to stress is that we’re not going to let this one specific incident, take the fair from this community, said Rangland. “This is a community event. It’s here for the community. And we’re not going to let this incident to ruin those those kids, those family members from coming out having a great time at the fair and feeling safe while they do.”
Update: (10:34 a.m.)
Officials with the Tri-State Fair and Rodeo announced that they will host a press conference at 12 p.m. Tuesday regarding the Monday night shooting.
Meanwhile, the Potter County Fire and Rescue Department confirmed that the off-duty firefighter among the people injured in the shooting is a member of the department.
Update: (Tuesday, 8:20 a.m.)
Organizers with the Amarillo Tri-State Fair published an update on social media in the wake of a Monday night shooting that resulted in four people being injured and announced that the fair will be closed until 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
“All normal operating hours will resume at that time,” said the announcement from organizers, “Additional security measures will be in place at gates and on grounds. All walk-through traffic needs to occur at Gates 1 & 4.”
Officials also said that “Ride ‘Em Cowboy” passes would be honored on Tuesday and Wednesday.
AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Overnight on Monday, local law enforcement were involved in a shooting at the Tri-State Fairgrounds, according to Potter County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office detailed that at around 11 p.m. Monday night, off-duty Potter County Deputies working at the Tri-State Fair were involved in a shooting.
Law enforcement said a suspect opened fire, hitting an off-duty deputy, an off-duty firefighter, and a bystander. Deputies then returned fire and hit the suspect.
The deputy, firefighter, and bystander were all sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and, according to law enforcement, the suspect was transferred to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The incident is being investigated by the Texas Rangers.
This is a developing story. MyHighPlains.com will update this article as new information becomes available.
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