Gunshots are not something you expect to hear at the fairgrounds. Washington County, Virginia deputies are working to keep the area safe after a shot was fired there.
With the lights dim and the rides turned off, it did not keep the excitement from happening on the Washington County Virginia fairgrounds.
We learned from the sheriff's department that two men were in town working the carnival as employees. But as the sun went down, emotions rose.
"Two individuals began arguing, it escalated into a fight," said Captain Byron Ashbrook.
John Douglas Hicks, from Richland, Virginia pulled out a gun and shot it into the camper where the other man was located. Fortunately no one was injured.
"We believe it's an isolated incident, no spectators were there. The fairgrounds weren't open," said Ashbrook.
However, Ashbrook says they are still going to take precautions.
We learned that since the altercation, the Sheriff's Department has actually sent in more deputies to patrol the area to keep you and your family safer.
"We have put additional personnel up there at night; obviously we have people up there when the fair grounds are open, always have. But now there are some people for after it closes as well," said Ashbrook.
We spoke with a local fairgoer and he told us that it would not keep him from bringing his family.
"I feel that the authorities will take care of it and everything will be handled correctly and it'll be a safe place to bring our children," said Randy Hyde.
Fairgoer Jordan Whitesides says she feels safe. "I think the security here is great. I've seen a lot of cops, so I think that they are doing their job," she said Thursday.
We learned Hicks is charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling as well as assault and battery.