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PENNSVILLE, N.J. (CBS) — Two police officers were injured during a brawl at a carnival in Salem County, New Jersey.

The incident happened around 10:00 p.m. Friday night at the Pennsville Midget Football Fair at Riverview Beach Park in Pennsville.

Authorities say a large group of individuals was causing a disturbance and when police tried to remove them from the property the group assaulted several officers along with several members of the Pennsville Midget Football Organization.

Other police departments from the county responded and helped break up the fight.

Police say one Pennsville officer suffered a dislocated shoulder and another fractured his hand during the brawl. Both officers were taken to Christiana Hospital where they were treated for their injuries and released.

“This is an incident that disgusts me,” said Pennsville Police Chief Allen J. Cummings. “The Football Fair is held each year and is a place that families should be able to bring their kids to have a good time all for a good cause. Our young children should not have to witness members of their family being accosted by individuals that aren’t even from this community.”

One other resident from Pennsville was also treated for injuries received as a result of the brawl.

Police say seven suspects were arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault and Simple Assault.

Chief Cummings is asking anyone with cell phone video of the incident to forward it to his email address pvpdchief@pvtwp.com or to stop in to help further investigate.

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