Shooting breaks out at California's Del Mar race track

Police stand near barricades at Del Mar Racetrack where shots were fired ahead of an Ice Cube concert

Police stand near barricades at Del Mar Racetrack where shots were fired ahead of an Ice Cube concert

A man who was told no more tickets were available for an Ice Cube concert at a California racetrack was shot Sunday night by a sheriff's deputy after the man fired a gun into a crowd. His medical condition was unknown, police told San Diego's FOX 5.

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

At 7:22 p.m., Del Mar Racetrack tweeted that the incident had been contained and that the concert was taking place as planned.

According to the San Diego County Sherriff's Department Homicide Unit, the incident occurred just before 6:40 p.m. after the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Daniel Elizarraras, approached the ticket window.

"An argument ensued", the sheriff said in a statement.

Large number of spectators attended the race over the holiday weekend for an event held by USA rapper Ice Cube.

Police cordon off the area at Del Mar Racetrack where shots were fired ahead of an Ice Cube concert
Police cordon off the area at Del Mar Racetrack where shots were fired ahead of an Ice Cube concert

Elizarraras proceeded to pull out "a silver-plated semi-automatic handgun", police said, firing several shots into the crowd outside the Del Mar racetrack.

Sheriff's deputies responded by returning fire, hitting Elizarraras multiple times in the torso and arm.

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".

The man had been trying to buy a ticket to the concert featuring the rapper Sunday at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego, the department said in a statement. Nobody else except the suspect was injured in the incident.

We will continue to fully cooperate with the Sherriff's Department in their investigation and will refer all questions concerning the incident to them.

Inside the venue, the evening's final horse racing event was taking place.

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