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One Killed in Shooting at Speedway

August 16, 2002

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IRWINDALE, Calif. (AP) _ A gunman opened fire on spectators watching a legal drag racing event at the Irwindale Speedway, killing one person and wounding two more, authorities said Friday.

The gunman and four accomplices were arrested while trying to leave the speedway, Irwindale Police Chief Joseph DeLadurantey said. Their identities were not immediately available.

DeLadurantey said the accused man shot and killed another male spectator, then opened fire on a couple. Police responding to an earlier disturbance call at the speedway heard the gunshots shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday.

The man who was shot died at the scene. The other two victims were taken to a hospital and listed in stable condition, authorities said. None of the victims’ identities were released.

More than 1,000 people were attending ``Thursday T-N-T,″ a cooperative program between law enforcement agencies and the National Hot Rod Association. The event is aimed at attracting illegal street racers to compete legally at the speedway.

The raceway is 25 miles east of Los Angeles.

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