Authorities say at least six people were shot, leaving four hospitalized and one dead, after shooting broke out at the Mississippi Mudbug Festival at around 10 p.m. Saturday.
“There was an exchange of gunfire between at least two to three individuals in and around (a) vehicle at this location. During the course of the exchange, at least one of these individuals fired multiple rounds, multiple shots, toward the midway area of the event that was in progress,” Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones told WLBT. “We do not believe there was anybody else injured along the midway during the course of this gunfire.”
Jones said that at least two people were detained, both juveniles, and that two rifles, one pistol and a large amount of different-caliber shell casings were recovered.
A law enforcement officer, whose name and department have not yet been released, is said to have shot and killed one of the potential shooters.
“It’s very devastating and tragic,” Jones said. “This is what is to be considered a family-oriented event, for families from all different walks of life to come to a common location to enjoy entertainment and enjoy food… You have the reckless behavior of individuals with no regard for the lives and safety of those attending the event and I think it is a very (cowardly) and selfish act.”
Event organizers announced Sunday morning that the final day of the festival has been cancelled.
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