Amarillo Shooting as Officer Gunned Down in 'Pure Chaos' at Tri-State Fair

A gunman shot three people, including an off-duty deputy, at the Tri-State Fair & Rodeo in Texas on Monday night, authorities said.

The man opened fire on Potter County deputies working off-duty at the fair in Amarillo just before 11 p.m., Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas told Newsweek on Tuesday.

The "male suspect opened fire on the deputies, striking a deputy and an off-duty firefighter, also working at the fair, and a bystander," Thomas said

Deputies returned fire, wounding the suspect.

The deputy, firefighter and bystander were transported to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Thomas said.

The suspect was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, Thomas said.

He did not identify any of the victims or the suspect, or offer a motive for the shooting.

The incident is being investigated by the Texas Rangers, he said. Newsweek reached out to the Texas Rangers for comment.

One witness who was nearby when the shooting happened said the scene was "pure chaos," KFDA reported.

"People started running and screaming," another witness said, according to a tweet from ABC 7 reporter Mitchell Downing.

An update on the incident on our grounds on Monday, Sept. 19:

In a post on Facebook, organizers said the fair would be closed until 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

'Unfortunately, there was an incident on Monday, September 19 at the Tri-State Fair. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those involved," the post said.

"The Tri-State Fair will be closed until 4pm on Tuesday, September 20. All normal operating hours will resume at that time. Additional security measures will be in place at gates and on grounds. All walk-through traffic needs to occur at Gates 1 & 4. Ride 'Em Cowboy passes will be honored on Tuesday, September 20 & Wednesday, September 21."

The Tri-State Fair & Rodeo is the largest annual event in the Texas Panhandle, attracting an average of 130,000 people, according to the event's website. This year's edition began on September 16 and continues until Saturday, September 24.

Monday's shooting comes after a mom-to-be was fatally shot in Houston, Texas.

Jennifer Hernandez, 20, was in the passenger seat of a blue Nissan Sentra with her boyfriend when she was shot by another driver on the road while leaving a Shell gas station on Airtex Drive and Ella Boulevard.

Her boyfriend was shot twice but managed to survive the attack, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.

More than 32,000 people have died from gun violence across the country this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Around 28,700 people have also sustained injuries due to gun violence.

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Stock photo. A police officer was reportedly shot at the Tri-State Fair in Amarillo, Texas. iStock