Deputies Wound Man Who Fired Handgun Before Rap Concert at Del Mar Racetrack

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Del Mar Racetrack Grandstand. Photo courtesy of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

A man was wounded in a deputy-involved-shooting at the Del Mar Racetrack before Sunday’s concert by the rapper Ice Cube following the last race.

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The San Diego Sheriff’s Department said the shooting occurred at 6:40 p.m. when the suspect showed up at the ticket window seeking to attend the concert.

He was told no tickets were available, and an argument ensured, during which he pulled out a silver-plated handgun and fired several shots. A nearby deputy returned fire, wounding the suspect.

The wounded suspect, later identified as Daniel Elizarraras, 22, of Escondido, was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital. He was listed in stable condition and expected to survive.

There were no other injuries from the incident and the concert went on as planned at 7:30 p.m.

“As is our special events protocol, substantial law enforcement and private security was on site in anticipation of the event,” the racetrack said in a statement. “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.”

Del Mar’s final day of racing of the season will begin at 2 p.m. Monday as scheduled.

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