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One injured, two in custody after shooting at Lane County Fair

Witnesses say a woman was hit in the arm after a bullet richoceted off the ground.

Posted: Jul 24, 2021 4:05 PM
Updated: Jul 25, 2021 9:59 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane County Fair officials reopened the fairgrounds, after a shooting earlier in the afternoon on Saturday.

Rachel Bivens, a manager at the fair, said law enforcement officers are working with fair security to ensure the safety of fairgoers.

Around 4 p.m., one person was shot and two were arrested following a fight, according to police. Police had originally reported two people were injured.

Witnesses report that a gun went off when one of the subjects was taken to the ground by security. They said it began as an altercation between two men and a shot ricocheted off the ground and struck a woman in the arm.

"He got put to the ground and they were wrestling over the gun, and the gun went off, it dropped, and a lady got hit, and everybody started running and fleeing," Daniel Pena said. 

Another witness describes what he saw at the fair once word spread about a shooting.

"All of sudden, everybody just started yelling, there's a shooting, there's a shooting," said witness Bryan Clark. "Then a big mob started coming."

Gregg Bergen was in the petting area at the time and shared what was going through his mind.

"Honestly, it was kind of a surreal moment," Bergen said. "It's one of those things you think could never happen to you or be a part of something like that. For me it was just to get my family out of there."

Police said all parties have been accounted for and there is currently no ongoing threat to the public.

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