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8 injured in bull escape at Dakota County Fairgrounds

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FARMINGTON, Minn. (KMSP) -

More than half a dozen people were hurt at the Bulls and Barrels rodeo event at the Dakota County Fairgrounds in Farmington, Minn., after a bull escaped and went on a rampage Wednesday night. 

Witnesses told FOX 9 News a bull broke free and trampled several people, even running down aisles of cars in the parking lot while people were trying to leave.

Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows confirmed the bull got loose from a penned area at 8:15 p.m. It was not performing at the time.

One woman flown to the hospital by helicopter with serious injures. Bellows said eight people were injured by the bull in all, but seven were not seriously hurt. A child was among those mildly wounded. 

The bull was apparently loose on the fairgrounds for about 15 minutes before it was lassoed by rodeo staff and put back into a pen.

Bellows said at one point, a deputy approached the animal and fired two shots, both of which hit the bull; however, it was not slowed by the bullets.

The 1,200-lb. animal is still alive despite being shot. 

According to the event calendar on the Dakota County Fair website, the event is dubbed Bulls and Barrels and is the first in a competition ending on Aug. 25. The Midwest Bull Rider's Association's Facebook page was seeking competitors in both the professional and rookie divisions on Monday.

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