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Five Wounded in Indiana Shooting

The Associated Press

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - Five people were wounded Saturday when a man fired shots into the crowd at a Mexican-American community dance.

The shootings happened just before 10 p.m. in the Elkhart Civic Plaza, where several hundred people were celebrating Mexican independence. None of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries, said Frank Doll, a nursing supervisor at Elkhart General Hospital.

``I was scared to death. I dove out of the way,'' said witness Dick Salinas.

Police at the scene arrested Pedro Aguilar, 21, on a preliminary charge of attempted murder.

The names of the five people shot were not available early Sunday. All were being treated at Elkhart General, and two were expected to undergo surgery, police said.

About an hour after his arrest, Aguilar complained of unspecified injuries and also was taken to the hospital.

Investigators were unsure what prompted the shootings. Witnesses told police Aguilar was being chased by several people when he turned toward them and opened fire. Police officers intervened and arrested Aguilar.

``They arrested the guy in the process of the shooting,'' Detective Lt. Tom Cutler said. ``The officer I talked to said he witnessed about eight shots fired.''

Saturday marked the 190th anniversary of the beginning of Mexico's revolt against Spanish rule.

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