Three Dead and Eight Injured after an Illegal Cockfighting Match

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POSTED: Friday, April 20, 2012 - 9:18am

UPDATED: Friday, April 20, 2012 - 9:40am

Roosters were fighting to the death at a cockfighting match around midnight when several masked men with guns fired into the crowd of people. Three people were shot to death and eight were injured.

It happened on FM 88 at Mile 20....just north of Elsa. The ranch hosting the blood sport had bleachers and even concession stands.

After the gun shots, people scattered for their lives....leaving the crime scene in shambles. Deputies will sift through the area to look for evidence.

One man lives just down the street from where the cockfighting took place and he says it's something that's been around for years and believes there's no end in sight.

"The roosters, they're gonna fight em and they're gonna die. That's been going on for 80 years and you can't stop it, you're wasting your time."

Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states and a felony offense in 35 of them. If drugs and gambling are involved...it's illegal simply to be a spectator.

 It's not known if charges will be filed against the homeowner.

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