After what the RCMP are calling a "public shooting" at a rodeo in British Columbia on Sunday, two individuals were hurt and a third is now in prison.
Around 3:30 pm, according to the police, they received a call to the Williams Lake Stampede grounds.
"Two victims with unidentified injuries have been brought to a nearby hospital, and one suspect has been taken into custody. According to preliminary evidence, this incident appears to have been planned, and there is no longer any danger to the public, according to Mounties.
"The inquiry is still in its early stages, and there is no additional information at this time.
The event was back this past weekend after being postponed for two years due to COVID-19.
When the shooting happened, Laureen Carruthers was there, celebrating the conclusion of a "great rodeo weekend." She was in the ring at the moment taking pictures for the association.
"Just out of nowhere, there was a ruckus of some kind. We were unable to fully comprehend what was happening. The clown jumped the barrier and entered the stands, which I saw "She speaks to CTV News.
At the time, I believed it to be a routine for the clown show.
She realised that was not at all what was happening when she heard orders to evacuate. The announcer, she claimed, had established the tone by speaking quietly and giving clear instructions, so the situation was not tumultuous.
She remembers that "there were people helping, carrying individuals in wheelchairs out through the real rodeo arena and through the gates where the contestants are."
"Everyone was making a lot of effort to assist others around them. There was absolutely no panic. The way it was handled was excellent."
She was originally concerned for her mother and kid who were in the stands, but she now knows they both made it out without incident.
She claims that the atmosphere throughout the weekend was joyous as a sold-out audience celebrated the return of a cherished yearly event.
She said that she has lived in Williams Lake for 53 years and always anticipates the way the community comes alive on the weekend of the event, calling it "simply one of the nicest rodeos I've ever gone to overall."
A truly lovely weekend has come to an awfully, awfully sad conclusion.
The RCMP is requesting that anybody with video or information get in touch with detectives by calling 250-392-6211.