SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — A boy is facing several charges after being accused of shooting and injuring two people at the opening night of the Salem Fair on Wednesday.
According to the Salem Police Department, officers were patrolling the midway just before 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30 when the shots were fired and they noticed a boy under the age of 16 with a gun. The boy tried to run away, but the officers chased him down and took him into custody.
Police say that boy has been charged with two counts of malicious wounding, two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, and carrying a concealed weapon. The boy is reportedly being held at the Roanoke Detention Center.
Meanwhile, two victims were transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital by Salem Fire and EMS personnel Wednesday night. One victim had non-life-threatening injuries and has been released from the hospital as of this writing. The other victim, though, sustained serious injuries and is still hospitalized, but in stable condition.
Officials say one of the victims was a juvenile and the other was a man, neither of whom knew the shooter or each other.
The fair was supposed to stay open until 11 p.m., but closed shortly after the shooting occurred. The Salem Fair plans to continue operating as scheduled, but with new security measures in place.
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