At least 1 shot outside Hawthorne Race Course

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Gunfire erupted during a Belize festival on Sunday at Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney. (WLS)

At least one person was shot Sunday evening outside the Hawthorne Race Course in the southwest suburbs.

At about 8:30 p.m., gunfire erupted in a Belize-themed festival that was happening outside the race track. About 2,000 people were attended the annual cultural festival.

Another 1,000 people were inside the race track in Stickney, where a race was temporarily suspended.

Hawthorne general manager Jim Miller said the horses were herded off the track, but the race was resumed after about an hour.

Miller said the Belize-themed festival is a yearly event, which has not had problems in the past.
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