Witnesses describe panic after shooting at Mississippi festival

JACKSON, Miss. ( Associated Press) — People enjoying the Mississippi crawfish festival ran around the state fairgrounds after hearing gunshots late Saturday, eyewitnesses said.

Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones said a law enforcement officer shot and killed one of the men suspected of shooting him during the Mississippi Mudbug Festival.

December Parks was attending the festival and said he heard shots.

“Everyone just started running, ‘Oh, they got guns. They got guns,'” Parks told WAPT-TV. told,

Jackson resident Jeffrey Greer was flying a drone over the fairgrounds and said he captured video of people scattering them.

Edwin Williams told WAPT that he, his wife and their two children had just arrived at the fairgrounds after officials told them the area was not safe.

“The first thing I thought about was to be short, and that’s what we did,” Williams said. “Soon after the firing stopped, we got into our car and we left.”

The sheriff said two or three men exchanged gunfire on Saturday night at around 10 p.m. and around a vehicle at a fairground parking lot, about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from the state capitol. He told that several bullets were fired in the middle of the way. Jones said two teenagers were taken into custody for questioning and officers recovered a car, two rifles and a pistol from the scene.

News outlets reported that aggravated assault charges were filed against two teenagers on Sunday.

Jones said six people were shot, including a teen killed by a law enforcement officer. Others were hospitalized with injuries. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is investigating what happened, as is the case with most or all shootings by law enforcement officers.

second annual festival – A spring festival of crawfish, live entertainment and amusement park rides – closed after the shoots. Organizers have canceled blues concerts and other festivities scheduled for Sunday.


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