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Tourists hurt in staged shootout

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  1. wireguy

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    Tourists hurt in Hill City's staged Western shootout

    David Montgomery Journal staff Rapid City Journal | Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 11:21 pm


    Three tourists were injured Friday night when a simulated Western shootout in Hill City went dangerously awry.

    The three individuals, who had been watching the shootout, were injured by the guns involved in the simulation. Their injuries were described as not life-threatening; they were taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital for treatment.

    Brian Mueller, chief deputy in the Pennington County Sheriff's Office, declined Friday night to comment about the particulars of the incident nor speculate how a demonstration that normally involves blanks turned dangerous.

    Mueller also declined to release the names of the victims, who were identified in a news release as out-of-area tourists.

    More information would be released Saturday, Mueller said.

    The incident happened during what has been a regular summer attraction in Hill City, a simulated shootout by volunteer cowboys from Rapid City.

    "They've been doing it for years," said Brenda Nolting, president of the Hill City Area Chamber of Commerce.

    But after Friday, perhaps never again.

    "There won't be another shootout," Nolting said. "In my mind, it's done for good. This just cannot happen."

    Nolting operates a store only feet away from where the shootout takes place. She was inside when the incident occurred but witnessed the aftermath.

    "This is a horrible thing," she said. "We're sick about it. I'm sick for the families. This is just a shock for everybody who's here."

    The shootout occurred at the corner of Elm Street and Main Street in Hill City.

    The volunteer cowboys had used their performances as a fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network, Nolting said.

    Typical shootouts attracted audiences of up to 160 people. The event was performed four times a week, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during tourist season.

    Contact David Montgomery at 394-8329 or david.montgomery@rapidcityjournal.com


    Hill City shootout victims in fair condition

    David Montgomery Journal staff Rapid City Journal | Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 11:32 am | (6) Comments


    The three people injured in Friday night's cowboy shootout gone wrong were all in fair or better condition Saturday morning.

    The Pennington County Sheriff's Office identified the victims as Jose Pruneda of Alliance, Neb., Carrol Knutson of Birchwood, Minn., and John Ellis of South Connellsville, Penn. All three were taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital Friday night after being injured at a Hill City cowboy shootout they were observing.

    As of around 10 a.m. Saturday morning, Pruneda has been discharged from the hospital. Knutson and Ellis were both in "fair" condition, which means conscious with stable vital signs.

    Lt. Marty Graves of the sheriff's office said the investigation into the incident is still ongoing. Law enforcement personnel have confiscated the weapons involved in the shootout and are interviewing witnesses.

    Graves said it does not appear that the shootings were intentional but that it's too early to say for certain what happened.

    Contact David Montgomery at 394-8329 or david.montgomery@rapidcityjournal.com
     
  2. wireguy

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    What do you think? Maybe they got careless because they did this so often (familiarity breeds contempt) or maybe someone thought some wadcutters were blanks? Maybe someone set them up? What a strange thing.
     
  3. Shooting Coach

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    A moment's carelessness can change a life or end it.

    A Rangemaster should have checked every one and their firearm/ammo.

    Can anyone say "HUGE LAWSUIT"?
     
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    Wads from blanks can definitely cause injury. In fact, a dumbass actor killed himself by pretending to commit suicide by putting a handgun to his temple and pulling the trigger. The wad killed him.
     
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