Three bystanders injured at Western shootout in South Dakota

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Posted: Jun 18, 2011 4:44 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Three tourists were injured in a mishap at a Western-style shootout demonstration in Hill City, South Dakota, authorities said on Saturday.

Pennington County Sheriff's Department investigators were trying to determine what happened at the show on Friday night and have asked for anyone who took video footage of the Western-style shootout to contact the office.

"We don't have a clear picture of exactly what took place out there at this point in time," Lieutenant Marty Graves said, adding that the injured showed signs of wounds consistent with gunshots, but there were no bullets or fragments recovered.

All three were taken to a hospital in nearby Rapid City where two underwent surgery and were in recovery, Graves said. The third had superficial injuries and was released, he said.

The sheriff's department identified the injured as Carrol Knutson, 65, from Birchwood, Minnesota, John Ellis, 48, from South Connellsville, Pennsylvania, and Jose Pruneda, 52, from Alliance. Nebraska.

Rapid City Regional Hospital said Knutson and Ellis were listed in "fair" condition on Saturday.

They do this three or four times a week as part of a tourist attraction in Hill City, Graves said.

(Reporting by David Bailey; Editing by Jerry Norton)