Dallas, Texas – A shooting incident at the State Fair of Texas on Saturday night has left three individuals injured and one suspect in custody. The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Cameron Turner, has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The victims are currently in the hospital and are reported to be in stable, non-life-threatening condition.
Details about the incident were limited, but Dallas police revealed that the shooting occurred as a result of a conflict between two individuals who were known to each other. The suspect was allegedly shooting at another man before fleeing the area. The police were able to apprehend the suspect and recover the firearm.
Dallas Mayor Eric L. Johnson expressed his outrage, stating, “The State Fair of Texas is a treasured event – a celebration of food, family, and fun. Although this incident was isolated, I am outraged that anyone would choose to act out violently at the Fair. We will not tolerate this behavior.”
In response to the incident, the State Fair of Texas released an official statement, expressing their commitment to ensuring the safety of fairgoers, vendors, and employees. While no changes to the fair’s weapons policy are planned, they have decided to increase security measures at all gates and enhance the security presence throughout the fairgrounds for the remainder of the event.
The State Fair of Texas has had a longstanding weapons policy that strictly prohibits the presence of weapons, including firearms, knives, and other potential weapons, on the fairgrounds. However, the fair has allowed attendees with valid handgun licenses to carry their handguns in a concealed manner while attending the event, except in locations prohibited by law. Open carry of firearms is not permitted.
The incident also prompted a response from Dallas City Council member Adam R. Bazaldua, who raised concerns about legislation that makes it easier for senseless acts of gun violence to occur. He called for meaningful gun legislation to enhance public safety.
In late September, the State Fair of Texas had introduced new safety measures, including mandatory weapons detection systems and bag searches for all fairgoers entering the event.
The incident not only raised concerns about security at the State Fair but also follows two unrelated acts of violence in the Fair Park area in the days leading up to the fair’s opening.
As the investigation continues, it remains uncertain whether the State Fair of Texas will reopen on Sunday. Dallas police have yet to release the identities of the suspect and the victims involved in this shooting incident. The State Fair of Texas remains committed to maintaining a safe and family-friendly environment for its visitors and hopes to welcome guests back soon.