At least two people are accused of firing gunshots during a Bartow County rodeo Sunday night, injuring four people, police said today. Investigators believe the incident began when an intoxicated male was asked to leave and he pulled a gun instead.
Just after 7 p.m. Sunday, several people called 911 to report shots being fired at the event, being held on Fossetts Cove near Cassville with about 300 people in attendance, according to Bartow Sheriff Clark Millsap.
Deputies arrived to find that bystanders had captured one alleged shooter, but the other was able to leave the area and elude police, the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office said today. The second suspect has not yet been identified.
Three people were shot, including two in the lower body and one in the neck, according to police. A fourth person was cut on the hand with a knife. All four, whose names were not released, were transported to area hospitals, where they were treated and released.
Celestino Moras, 25, of Austell, was arrested and booked into the Bartow County jail after being treated at the hospital for facial injuries, the sheriff’s office said. Investigators believe Moras was injured when people in the crowd attempted to prevent him from leaving.
Moras was charged with aggravated assault, the sheriff’s office said. He was also being held today on a possible immigration violation.