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Margate Fair shut down early after gunshots, fighting

Sun Sentinel logoSun Sentinel 11/25/2022 David Fleshler, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Margate Fair turned into a scene of gunshots, fighting and chaos Thursday night, leading police to order the fair shut down early.

No one was shot, but two people were arrested for fighting. The fair, scene of a shooting last year, had promised to increase security this year.

A 911 call at 10 p.m. reported a juvenile being chased at the fair by someone with a gun, the Margate Police said. Officers providing security at the fair hear gunshots.

“There was an extremely large crowd surge sending a wave of people running to 441 and multiple fights with juveniles,” Margate Police Lt. Michael Druzbik said.

The fair, which was supposed to close at 12 a.m., was ordered shut down at 10:30 p.m. After the fair closed, crowds milled around Margate Boulevard and 441, with several fights breaking out. Several gunshots were heard.

The Margate Police requested assistance from the Coconut Creek Police, which sent officers to the scene.

One adult was charged with fighting and resisting arrest. A juvenile was arrested for fighting.

The incident is under investigation.

The fair, which bills itself as Broward County’s largest, offers more than 100 rides, shows and games, as well as a petting zoo. The fair, which opened Nov. 18, runs through Dec. 4.

The fair had promised to increase security this year after a shooting last year that involved two carnival workers. One worker fired a shot that caused a non-fatal wound in a 91-year-old woman who was asleep at a nearby assisted-living facility.

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