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On Saturday, October 14th, fairgoers in Dallas, Texas were part of a frightening scene when a man opened fire near the busy food court just before 8:00 PM at the Texas State Fair.
Dallas Councilman Adam Bazaldua tweeted that the shooting was “sparked from a conflict between two people who knew each other.”
The gunman, identified as 22-year-old Cameron Turner, fled the scene but was quickly apprehended by police and his weapon was recovered on site. Turner has since been charged with Aggravated Assault.
Three people sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the incident. There were no fatalities.
The shooting occurred just 30 minutes before country artist Craig Morgan was scheduled to perform Saturday night at the Texas State Fair. The grounds were promptly evacuated resulting in the understandable cancellation of the show.
Morgan went live on Facebook the following day to address the situation and ask for prayers for those involved. He recalls:
“My wife was actually out on the grounds when it was happening, and so I ran out to get her and get her back and secured.”
Morgan also made a point to let viewers know that he would not let this incident tarnish his view of Texas or its’ residents saying:
“I don’t hold the actions of an individual against an entire group of people… We love Texas.”
During the live stream, Morgan shared his appreciation for the first responders expressing:
“We are super grateful to the Dallas Police Department… having worked in law enforcement, that was one of the quickest reactions. God bless y’all. Man, it was just phenomenal what y’all did.”
Prior to pursuing music, Morgan was a Dickson County Sheriff’s Department deputy in Tennessee. He recently showed his allegiance to our nation by reenlisting in the US Army Reserves.