UPDATE: Shots fired at Boone County Fair

Friday, July 23, 2010 | 10:07 p.m. CDT; updated 5:25 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 24, 2010
Boone County Sheriff's deputies and fire rescue tend to a victim's injuries Friday night at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Sheriff's deputies said they were responding to a shots fired report on the grounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital.

COLUMBIA — One man was injured after shooting broke out at the Boone County Fairgrounds around 9:30 p.m. Friday.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department said the victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries and that the investigation was ongoing.


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Paramedics treated the man on-scene as he lay face-down on the pavement, shirtless. After he was taken away, there was a pool of blood where he had been laying.

"It sounded like fighting," said L.J. Edmond, a carnival worker from Houston, Texas.

Edmond said that 4 or 5 people were fighting behind a tent. He said he then heard someone "unload a gun" and he saw people run away.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Columbia Police Department were on the scene. The sheriff's department is leading the investigation.

The fairgrounds were not evacuated and a concert continued playing during the incident.

George Harris, general manager of the Boone County Fairgrounds, told the Missourian on Saturday that security was likely to be increased for the duration of the fair, but said he didn't have specifics yet. He called Friday night's reaction by officials appropriate.

"The fair has been going on for many years and this is the first time anything like this has ever happened," Harris said. "We hope it's the last time."

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