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4 hurt at Indiana State Fair in 2 incidents

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Violence visited the Indiana State Fair on Tuesday with two incidents around 9 p.m. that injured four people, state police said.

Shortly before 9 p.m., an altercation on the Midway involving a number of females resulted in a woman pulling a box-cutter knife out and injuring two other people, state police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said. A 24-year-old was arrested and charged with battery.

Two victims suffered minor superficial wounds, police said.

Then, shortly after 9 p.m., a couple of juveniles received minor injuries when they were hit by a vehicle at the fair, state police said. The juveniles declined any treatment of their injuries, state police said.

Police tracked down a Toyota Camry that is believed to have hit the juveniles in the fairgrounds infield, but the suspect ran from the vehicle when police approached. Police were continuing to search for the suspect.

State Police said these are isolated incidents and they say this shouldn’t discourage families from attending the state fair.

“It is unfortunate when people choose to make these poor decisions while at the fair. The state police along with other police agencies in the area, we’re on the fairgrounds, we’re going to make sure we do everything possible to make sure people are safe while they’re enjoying the fair and keep it a safe atmosphere,” said Sgt. Wheeles.

The fair began Aug. 4 and continues through Sunday. Traffic to the fairgrounds was congested, with fairgoers taking advantage of $2 Tuesday, with $2 admission and $2 food specials.

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