At Least One Dead, Five Injured in Shooting at Mississippi Festival

At least one person died and five others were injured when several shooters opened fire at the Mississippi Mudbug Festival in Jackson on April 30, authorities said.

Gunfire erupted at the festival just around 10 p.m. and several law enforcement officers from different agencies responded to the scene.

The person who died in the shooting may be one of the shooters, Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones said at a press conference.

Jones added that a law enforcement officer responding to the incident may had fired the shot that killed one of the suspects.

Jones declined to identify the officer involved and said that he was not physically injured.

In a statement on Facebook, Jones said that the five injured in the shooting were transported to local hospitals and “appear to be stable.”

The injured victims also “don’t appear to be directly involved in the shooting or circumstances that led to the shooting,” Jones added.

Authorities said that they detained two juveniles for questioning, but no charges have been filed.

Investigators also located at least one vehicle, two rifles, and at least one pistol that they believed were linked to the shooting.

Authorities have yet to establish a motive as the investigation is underway.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the probe due to an officer being involved in the shooting, Jones said.

The festival’s organizers cancelled the events scheduled on May 1, following the deadly shooting.

Billed as a family fun event, the festival was in its second year and it featured live entertainment, carnival rides, and crawfish cooking and eating contests.


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