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1 man fatally shot at race track in Wayne County, another hospitalized

Shooting at Raceway 42 in West Salem, Ohio
Drag Race shooting
Posted at 7:14 PM, Jun 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-15 10:24:11-04

WEST SALEM, Ohio — Police are investigating a deadly shooting at a race track in Wayne County, according to the Wayne County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies responded to calls just before 6pm Sunday at Dragway 42 in West Salem, Ohio.

According to Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, one man has died as a result of the shooting, and one other suffered gunshot wounds and was hospitalized.

According to witnesses, an intoxicated driver of a gray pickup truck was doing burnouts in the parking area and kicked up gravel into a group of people. That started the deadly altercation.

One witness, who asked to remain anonymous, was filming and caught the altercation and shooting in a video. Warning: Graphic video with profanity. Viewer discretion advised.

Raw video of altercation and shooting at Dragway 42 in Wayne County

"There was a confrontation about that, resulting in the man getting out of his vehicle armed with a handgun and multiple rounds were fired by that man and another person here at the race track fired back at him supposedly in self-defense," said Captain Douglas Hunter of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators believe upwards of 20 rounds were fired.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Department believes the man who was killed in the shooting and another man who was wounded were bystanders.

Grief-stricken family members who witnessed the shootings said the men who were shot were brothers from Cleveland.

The suspect still has not been found.

"It's my understanding the suspect departed the scene prior to any officers arriving," said Hunter.

Deputies believe more people may have been shot and drove themselves from the scene.

They're asking anyone who witnessed the shooting or has information about it to call the Wayne County Sheriff's Office at (330) 264-3333.

The event started at 8 a.m., with the last race of the day set for 6 p.m. Approximately 20 minutes prior to the final race is when the shots were fired.

The incident is still under investigation.

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