‘Cowboy’ lassoes drunk Georgia man after shooting rampage at Memorial Day rodeo

By David Edwards
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 11:09 EDT
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Celestino Moras accused of shooting people at a rodeo (WSB-TV)
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A Georgia man was in custody on Monday and authorities were searching for a second man after police said that both suspects opened fire, and shot several people at a Memorial Day rodeo.

According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, deputies said that 25-year-old Celestino Moras showed up drunk at a rodeo in Bartow County on Sunday, and was asked to leave because he was not invited to the event.

The property owner told WSB-TV that Moras pulled out a pistol and opened fire, leaving three shot.

When Moras ran out of bullets, one of the rodeo cowboys reportedly lassoed him. Moras was then beaten by other guests, who tied him up until deputies arrived.

Authorities said that two people were shot in the lower body, and one person was shot in the neck. However, WSB-TV reported that “the three wounded guests suffered only minor injuries and were treated and released from local hospitals.”

A fourth person suffered cuts on the hand from a knife.

Moras was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault. He was being treated for wounds to his face.

WAGA reported that the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement had issued a hold request for Moras.

Deputies were also searching for a second shooter, who they believed had fled the Bartow County area.

Watch the video below from WSB-TV, broadcast May 27, 2104.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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