Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Gunfire heard on broadcast of Del Mar race

Gunfire heard on broadcast of Del Mar race

A deputy shot a suspect at the Del Mar Fairgrounds ahead of an Ice Cube concert Sunday evening.

Commentators could be heard screaming "there's gunfire at the track" as the race took the place.

The San Diego Sheriff's Department says a man who was told no more tickets were available to an Ice Cube concert at a racetrack was shot by a sheriff's deputy after he fired his gun into a crowd. Toshio, a first-time starter for trainer Phil D'Amato, swerved suddenly in midstretch, throwing jockey Drayden Van Dyke to the turf.

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

Several Twitter users shared clips of television coverage of the race by horse racing network TVG, in which the sound of gunfire is audible and an announcer is heard shouting, "There is gunfire at the track". He wanted a ticket to this evening's concert. The man pulled out a silver plated semi-automatic handgun and fired several shots into a crowded area.

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The department says the man was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.

No one else was injured.

Ice Cube, who once rapped "shotgun bullets is bad for yo' health", was due to perform at San Diego's Del Mar Racecourse on Sunday. "The involved deputies were not injured".

We also are thankful for the work and training our personnel have done with the Sherriff's Department regarding possible active shooter incidents.

This article was originally published at 7:10 p.m.

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