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US tourists injured in Wild West shootout

Something went wrong during the stunt staged by volunteer cowboys, according to the (real) sherriff’s department.

Image: daryl_mitchell via Creative Commons

AN OLD WEST shootout staged as part of a charity fundraiser may have come a little too close to the real thing when three tourists were injured.

South Dakota authorities say the three were injured on Friday night at a shootout in Hill City and taken to a hospital about 30 miles away. A Pennington County sheriff’s spokesman says the tourists’ injuries are not life-threatening.

The sheriff’s department identified them yesterday as 52-year-old Jose Pruneda of Alliance, Nebraska; 65-year-old Carrol Knutson of Birchwood, Minnesota; and John Ellis, 48, of South Connellsville, Pennsylvania.

No further details have been released.

The shootout staged by volunteer cowboys from Rapid City is a regular summer attraction in the area and a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network.

- AP

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