Deputies: Cowboy Lassoes Drunk Man Shooting Into Rodeo Crowd

Bartow County, Ga. (CBS ATLANTA) — An intoxicated Austell man who allegedly began shooting into a Memorial Day Weekend rodeo crowd was subdued by a cowboy’s lasso.

Celestino Moras, 25, allegedly wounded four people at the Bartow County rodeo after he drew his weapon following requests from multiple other guests that he leave the show, deputies tell WSB-TV. He was reportedly drunk and became agitated at the annual church picnic and rodeo when he pulled out the pistol and began firing at the nearly 300 guests in attendance.

Just after 7 p.m. Sunday, multiple people called 911 to report that shots had been fired at the show at Fossetts Cove near Cassville, Bartow Sheriff Clark Millsap tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A second man allegedly fired gunshots, but that individual has not yet been identified.

After Moras ran out of bullets, a rodeo cowboy lassoed him as other guests beat him down and tied him up until deputies arrived.

Moras was treated for facial injuries before being taken to jail on aggravated assault charges. He is also being held on a possible immigration violation.

Three people were shot, ranging from the lower body to the neck, according to police. And a fourth person was cut on the hand with a knife, reports the Journal-Constitution. All four have been released from local area hospitals.


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