Deputy shoots man who fired weapon at California racetrack

Shooting breaks out at California's Del Mar race track

The sheriff's department said the alleged gunman shot by deputies was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. The shooting took place near the TVG set to the west of the paddock.

Twitter videos were shared showing TVG's on-air coverage of a race at the track and an announcer could be heard shouting "there is gun fire at the track".

The man had been trying to buy a ticket to the concert featuring the rapper Sunday at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego, the department said in a statement. He wanted a ticket to this evening's concert.

It has been reported by several local news outlets that a sheriff's deputy was shot but no civilians were injured in the incident. After an argument ensued, Elizarraras pulled out a silver plated semi-automatic handgun and reportedly fired three shots in the air. Deputies engaged and returned fire.

No further details were immediately available.

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The racetrack, at Del Mar Fairgrounds, is located about 21 miles north of downtown San Diego along the Pacific coast.

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club said in a statement that under its special events protocol, substantial law enforcement and private security were on site during the event. In light of the circumstances that unfolded involving one individual with a gun, we take consolation in the fact that no patrons, officers or security personnel were injured in the incident.

Ambulances and helicopters were also seen shortly after the shooting.

Inside the venue, the evening's final horse racing event was taking place.

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