Visitors to the Field of Screams haunted attraction will see additional security officers and pass through a metal detector after a shooting Friday night, event organizers said.
A man with a gun killed himself there on Friday, apparently after he argued with a woman who had come with him.
The event organizers, Kip and Jody Scott, released a statement on Saturday.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time,” they wrote.
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Prairie Pines Festivals, which runs the event in Maize, said in a posting on its Facebook page that it has a no-gun policy at the event, which runs on select nights through Oct. 31.
“We have always had very high security but after the events of last night we feel strongly that we need to do even more,” organizers wrote.
“We currently employ 6-10 police officers and security personnel during the event hours … with that being said, we anticipate that we will immediately begin using metal detectors and bag searches at our event.”
The safety of our patrons and staff was and is our top priority.
Prairie Pines officials, in Facebook post
“We have cooperated with law enforcement in their investigation,” the organizers wrote on Facebook. “Once the incident took place, we immediately evacuated the farm and ensured that the situation was in the hands of the officers present.”
The shooting was unrelated to the event or the property, said Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter on Friday. No one else was hurt; two sheriff’s deputies were near where the man shot himself and helped move people away from the scene, Easter said.
“The safety of our patrons and staff was and is our top priority,” Prairie Pines officials said in the Facebook post.