Georgia Rodeo Shooter Lassoed And Subdued By Crowd

| by Allison Geller

A Georgia man was lassoed, tied down and then arrested after opening fire into a crowd of people at a rodeo.

25-year-old Celestino Moras was allegedly drunk when he emptied his pistol onto a group of guests at a Memorial Day weekend rodeo celebration in Bartow County, local news station WSB-TV reports. He had been asked to leave by the property owner, as he was not among the party’s invited guests.

Other guests seconded the motion that Moras leave the premises. Instead, Moras took out his gun.

300 guests took off running, deputies said. Moras still managed to wound three people in his intoxicated state. A fourth person was cut on the hand with a knife, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Once he ran out of bullets, one of the rodeo cowboys sprang into action, successfully lassoing the troublemaker. Other guests pummeled him and tied him down, subduing him until deputies arrived.

Doctors treated Moras for injuries on his face before he was taken into custody.

The wounded guests were fortunately not seriously injured. They were treated and released from local hospitals.

Moras has been charged with aggravated assault and may also be investigated for an immigration violation, the sheriff’s office said.

Sources: WSB-TV, Atlanta Journal-Constitution