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Shooting Delays Harness Program

Published: August 11, 2016 2:29 pm ET

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A program of live Standardbred racing was delayed this past Sunday and was forced to be completed after midnight after a shooting in the parking lot injured two people.

According an article by the Chicago Tribune, two females were sent to hospital during the evening hours of Sunday, August 7 after a pair of men were involved in an altercation in a Hawthorne Race Course parking lot.

The females in question were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and were unintended victims. The article states that police have determined that there were two separate shootings during an altercation that involved at least two individuals.

Jermaine James, 34, and Dennis Reneau, 38, were arrested and are facing a sundry of charges in relation to the incidents.

The Chicago Tribune article states that a festival was taking place in the parking lot at the time, and that it is estimated that roughly 1,500 people were in attendance. The rest of the festival was cancelled after the shootings, while live racing on the track was halted for about an hour.

Hawthorne’s live card on Sunday had 12 dashes on the docket, and two of those races ended up going postward after midnight (Race 11, at 12:11 a.m., and Race 12, at 12:32 a.m.).

(With files from the Chicago Tribune)


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