ST. PAUL — Investigators are looking for the suspect in a shooting Saturday night at the Minnesota Fairgrounds.
Police Chief of the State Fair Ron Knafla says it happened around 10:00 p.m. near the north entrance to the Midway near the intersection of Carnes Avenue and Liggett Street when a large group of children fought.
A single shot was fired, causing chaos… the crowd began running in all directions. It is important to note that the shot was fired with dozens of police officers within 15 to 20 feet of the group where this shot took place.
One victim was taken to Regions Hospital with a non-life threatening leg wound. Officials believe he was the target of the suspected gunman.
Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety John Harington says law enforcement is increasing its presence at the fairgrounds on Sunday and Monday as a result of the incident.
We have again asked our partners to help us to help the public put on a great country festival. So you’re going to see a doubling of the state patrol that’s been here over the course of the fair… and we’re going to keep that going not just today, but through Labor Day to make sure the fair is safe.
Harrington says he believes quick action by officers in the area prevented further violence. Authorities say the gunman escaped as fairgoers ran to safety and no suspects were taken into custody.
Anyone with photos, videos, or other information related to the shooting is asked to contact [email protected] or the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Tip Line at 651-793-7000.