Gunfire Scare Rattles RodeoHouston Attendees Wednesday Night

The carnival grounds.
The carnival grounds.
Meagan Flynn

Reports of gunfire rang in about 9:37 p.m. last night on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo grounds, but police could find no evidence any shots were fired.

Those inside NRG Stadium were placed on lockdown just as the Thomas Rhett show was ending, people inside the arena said. They were reportedly told there had been an "incident" but did not know that the incident was suspected gunfire. Meanwhile, those on the carnival grounds were trying to leave, many of them running.

But by 10:42 p.m., police announced on Twitter that they could find no evidence that a shooting occurred and were questioning "several juveniles." No one was injured.

RodeoHouston released this statement around 12:30 a.m.: "The safety of our Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo guests is always our highest priority. Show security is staffed by officers from the Houston Police Department, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. HPD has investigated the incident reported at NRG Park Wednesday night and has stated that they have found no weapons, have no suspect is in custody, and there are no reported injuries. As a precaution, Show officials instructed people to shelter in place for a short time until officers determined that conditions were safe."

Police have yet to determine what caused the reports of gunfire that sent people running for the exits. The carnival was back up and running by the time police gave the all clear.


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