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Mass shooting at Mississippi Mudbug Festival leaves 1 dead, 5 injured

At least one person is dead and five others injured after a mass shooting Saturday night at the Mudbug Festival at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson, officials said.

At least two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting, but several shooters may have opened fire on the fairgrounds, according to Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones.

An officer was also involved in the shooting, said the sheriff.

The deceased male victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, has not yet been identified. The other victims were transported to local hospitals with injuries, officials said.

“The other victims appear to be stable at this time and do not appear to be directly involved in the shooting or the circumstances leading up to the shooting,” Jones said. mentioned.

Both detainees were minors, according to WJTV.

Cops were still treating the incident as an active shooter situation after midnight until Sunday, although Jones said the scene was “contained and secure”.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations responded to help, Jones said.

The festival was the second facility of the Mudbug Festival, a crawfish broth with live music and other attractions. The 5-day event started on Wednesday and was due to end on Sunday.

It is not known whether the festival will continue as planned on Sunday, according to WLBT 3.

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the festival earlier this week, Mississippi Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner Andy Gipson called the fairgrounds one of the safest and most secure areas of the state, WJTV reported.

On Friday night of the festival, music headliner “American Idol” winner Laine Hardy canceled her performance due to “unforeseen personal responsibility.”

Hardy was arrested Friday for allegedly spying on his ex-girlfriend at Louisiana State University. He was released from prison later Friday evening.



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