Security measures ramped up at Salem Fair following opening night shooting

Roanoke Valley News

SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Concerns about Wednesday night’s shooting at the Salem Fair did not stop people from heading to the event for day two of festivities.

“We’ve come almost every year. Large crowds of people. It concerns me that somebody’s so crazy as to come out and shoot in the middle of a bunch of people,” said Daniel Meyer.

For Christina and Ashley Walters, moving away from Baltimore’s gun violence meant an opportunity for their daughter, Sophia, to live in a safer environment.

“They took all this away from us. They took all this away from our kids,” said Ashley. “Our kids have nothing, so moving here, you know, to know that the fair was in town and to let a shooting ruin that for our daughter’s chance to have fun and enjoy her childhood, just no.”

Fair organizers increased security.

“I’m satisfied as far as them trying to do what they’re trying to do to prevent anything like that from happening again,” said Christina.

Meanwhile, parents are relieved.

“I expect a large police presence and I don’t think anybody, after what happened yesterday, I really don’t expect more people to do something like that,” said Meyer.

Organizers made a last-minute request for Robert Duff and his security team, Rhino Services.

“We know who we can call quick that can, you know, like a firefighter. Right? You jump out of whatever you’re doing, throw a uniform on, get in the truck and go, and that’s kind of what we did today,” said Duff.

Security officers will now be wanding people before they walk in, until the fair’s last day on July 11.

With even more security measures, like metal detectors expected on Friday, July 2.

“Whether there are metal detectors here, but that’s what I was told today,” said Duff. “That there will be metal detectors here tomorrow.”

For information on the Salem Fair’s newest security protocols, visit their website here.

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