While the shooting did not take place on the fairgrounds, Bowen indicated the group of suspects was reportedly seen at the fair earlier Friday night and they hoped to identify them using surveillance cameras the department has on site.
We have numerous cameras there, about 17 surveillance cameras and hopefully we can review the tapes and find or identify the suspects, the chief added.
Local authorities spend months planning for the fair and Bowen said they have many officers and Public Safety officers at the event to handle traffic situations and to work with the Wilson County Sheriffs Department on security.
He said the shooting did not endanger any other fairgoers and did not take place at the fair, pointing out the second altercation during which shots were fired took place on West Baddour Parkway.
We spend a lot of resources on the fair during these nine days, he said. We have many safety plans and response plans in place.
Bowen urged all fairgoers to keep a level head and not to let road rage get the better of them. He said if an incident arises then citizens should call the police to let them handle it.
If something is going on, if people are causing traffic problems or issues, pick up the phone and call the police, Bowen said, adding, Just take the high road. Nothing like this is worth getting shot and killed over.
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