Suspect Wounded by Deputies in Del Mar Concert Shooting Expected to Recover

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

A man wounded in a deputy-involved-shooting at the ticket window of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club was publicly identified and remained hospitalized Monday, authorities said.

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Daniel Elizarraras, 22, of Escondido had stable vital signs at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and was expected to survive, San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Rich Williams said.

The shooting happened just before 6:40 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., San Diego County sheriff’s spokeswoman Lt. Karen Stubkjaer said.

Rapper Ice Cube was performing and Elizarraras wanted to buy a ticket to the concert, Stubkjaer said. No more tickets were available.

“An argument ensued and nearby deputies responded,” she said. “The man pulled out a silver plated semi-automatic handgun and fired several shots into a crowded area. Deputies engaged and returned fire.”

No deputies or civilians were hurt, authorities said.

Spokesman Mac McBride said the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, would be looking into possible security changes at the venue, NBC7 reported.

The club does not have metal detectors, the station reported.

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“Our people handled it very, very professionally. It was one individual. One individual only,” said McBride.

Ice Cube responded to the shooting on Twitter Monday:

“Thank you,” he tweeted in response to a fan who said she was glad he was OK. “I feel bad for the people who left the show, but I totally understand. Moral of the story: Come see ya homie Cube…but leave the strap at home.”

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