Visitors share reactions to Salem Fair shooting from opening night

Roanoke Valley News

SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — After the shooting at the Salem Fair Wednesday, fair-goers took to social media to talk about their experiences as they ran away from the gunshots.

“All I am seeing is food, drinks, and my daughter’s shoe laying there. Instantly, I panic,” said Scott Weddle, a witness to the shooting.

Weddle says, after his family was put in danger from the gunshots on Wednesday, June 30, he will no longer attend future Salem Fairs. When he was a kid, he recalled using his bike to ride to the fair, where he would stay from open to close.

His daughters, both seven and nine, are still traumatized and scared from what they saw. Weddle says his three-year-old son does not remember a thing, that he was shielded in the stroller from any stray bullets.

“My oldest daughter, when she tried taking off running, she sliced her toe pretty good. They actually had her in the first-aid tent,” said Weddle.

Fair-goers on social media had a similar response to Weddle and his family.

(Photo: Courtesy Roanoke group Checkpoints)
(Photo: Courtesy Roanoke group Checkpoints)

“Never will I go to the Salem fair again. The shooting just happened, and the shooter ran right by me. This crap needs to stop,” said one user.

Another user described the moment for her and her daughters and grandsons. She told them to lie down on the ground, near a bench, so that she can cover them with her body.

The Salem Fair will be open through Sunday July 11, with ramped up security measures.

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