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Seven people wounded during shooting at crowded Ga. fair, police say

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(CBS/AP) SAVANNAH, Ga. - Seven people were wounded Saturday night when someone opened fire at a crowded fair in Georgia.

The victims, most of them teenagers, were treated for gunshot wounds at area hospitals after the shooting at the Coastal Empire Fair on Savannah's suburban south side, said Savannah-Chatham County police spokesman Julian Miller.

"The place was packed," Miller said. "It was Saturday night at the fair, and that's a big night."

Police are searching for the gunman, who was described as wearing a dark jumpsuit, although investigators hadn't ruled out the possibility there was more than one shooter.

Several people were detained and questioned Saturday night, but they were all released by investigators. Police announced no arrests by Sunday evening and released no further information on what happened inside the fairgrounds or what motivated the shootings.

The shooting occurred at about 10:40 p.m. Saturday, less than an hour before closing time at the fair. Police said six of the victims were teenagers, aged 14 to 19. The other was identified as a 36-year-old woman.

Miller said the victim believed to be most seriously wounded underwent surgery and was listed in fair condition. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening. Miller said he didn't know if any of the victims were specifically targeted in the shooting or if they were random bystanders.

Memorial University Medical Center spokeswoman Dawnn Henderson said Sunday at least two of the shooting victims had been released from the hospital.

The Coastal Empire Fair is an annual event organized by the Savannah Exchange Club. The club reopened the fair Sunday, which had already been scheduled as its final day, said Ted Akins, the fair's general manager.

"We are praying for the victims and their families," Akins said. "That's all I'm going to talk about it."

  • Crimesider Staff

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