Deputy shoots man who fired weapon at California racetrack

Aaron Brown
September 4, 2018

Ice Cube was performing as the last part of a summer concert series at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racetrack, which is one of the most well-known horse racing tracks in the United States.

People at the venue saw a string of sheriff's and police cars responding to the fairgrounds around 6:40 p.m.

Shortly after he was told there were no more tickets, an argument ensued and nearby deputies came to the scene.

A video of the shooting that was posted on Twitter records the sounds of several shots being fired before a man falls to the ground.

Deputies returned fire, the sheriff said.

Ice Cube tweeted at his fans, "come see ya homie Cube... but leave the strap at home".

The concert was scheduled for the Del Mar Racetrack at the fairgrounds about 21 miles north of downtown San Diego.

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A video posted to social media appeared to show a deputy firing four shots at a man who collapsed in front of a ticket window as bystanders exclaimed.

The suspect was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and his condition is unknown at this time.

No further details were immediately available.

A witness said some concertgoers appeared to leave the arena in the aftermath of the shooting incident. TVG documented the shooting while calling a race with a broadcaster repeatedly saying: "There is gunfire at the track".

Just before 7.30pm, the Del Mar Racetrack tweeted: 'The situation has been contained. In light of the circumstances that unfolded involving one individual with a gun, we take consolation in the fact that no patrons, officers or security personnel were injured in the incident.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

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