SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – One person was shot at the Piedmont Interstate Fair Saturday, according to the Spartanburg Police Department.
Officers said the shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. during a fight. One man was shot in the upper leg.
The victim was taken to the hospital for his injuries.
There is no suspect at this time, and no arrests have been made.
Witnesses described the shooting as “mass chaos.”
“The shots just kept going off,” said Chelsea. “You didn’t see cops anywhere. It got to the point where people actually barricaded through the gate trying to climb out. We had to duck behind cars because you heard gunshots coming out into the parking lot. People were diving behind cars and hitting the ground.”
“Everybody was searching for their kids and screaming,” added Mellisa Gravitt. “You didn’t know if somebody was still shooting. Then when you got out to the parking lot, you couldn’t move. It was a standstill.”
The Piedmont Interstate Fair Association released the following statement:
“This evening an unfortunate event happened at the fairgrounds where a young member of our community was shot by another young member of our community. The victim is in stable condition at Spartanburg Regional Hospital, having been treated by onsite EMS. On site law enforcement responded quickly to the incident. Upon recommendation of law enforcement, the fair was closed for the safety of our patrons. We pray for the swift recovery of the victim and offer solace to anyone traumatized by this incident.We have prided ourselves in providing a safe fair for 76 years. The Piedmont Interstate Fair Association regrets that the irresponsible actions of an individual ruined an evening of wholesome entertainment and activities for members of our community. The Spartanburg Police Department and Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office will have an increased presence Sunday to ensure the safety of our patrons.”
Witnesses said they believed there should have been more security present.
“We didn’t see enough security period when we were going in, said Gravitt.”
According to the fair’s website, only small or clear bags were allowed inside. Witnesses said this rule was not followed.
“They didn’t check bags,” said Chelsea. “They didn’t make you empty your pockets or anything. They need metal detectors. If they’re having a clear bag policy, they need to make sure they are clear bags.”
The fair reopened for its final day Sunday.
The Association said all outstanding armbands, mega passes and tickets that had not been used will be honored by Prime Time Carnival.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting should contact the Spartanburg Police Department.