Last day of Mississippi festival canceled after fatal shooting

JACKSON, Mississippi — A law enforcement officer shot and killed one of the people suspected of shooting at a festival in Mississippi, a sheriff said Saturday. Organizers said Sunday that in response to the shooting, they had canceled the final day of the Mississippi Mudbug Festival at the Jackson State Fairgrounds.

Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones said several people were taken to local hospitals with unknown injuries after gunfire Saturday night. He said the person killed was a teenager.

Jones said two or three people exchanged gunfire around 10 p.m. Saturday in and around a vehicle in a parking lot at the fairgrounds.

“During the exchange, at least one of these individuals fired multiple rounds, multiple rounds, toward the mid-zone of the current event,” Jones said. “We don’t believe anyone else was injured midway through these gunshots. »

The second annual festival – a springtime celebration of crawfish, shows and amusement park rides – was closed after the shooting. Saturday’s headliner was Blue Oyster Cult, the rock band best known for classic hits like “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper” and “Burnin’ For You.” A spokesperson for the group said Sunday that everyone in the group was safe, and the group had no further comment.

The precise conditions of the injured were unclear. Jones said two minors were arrested for questioning and authorities recovered a car, two rifles and a pistol from the scene.

Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Bailey Martin confirmed Sunday that MBI is investigating, as it does with most shootings by or by law enforcement officers in the state. She declined to name the agency the agent works for.

MBI said in a statement it was asking the public for names, videos or other details about the violence at the fairgrounds. The bureau said people can provide information anonymously by calling CrimeStoppers at 1-888-827-4637 or contacting the MBI at [email protected]

Grammy-winning blues singer Bobby Rush was the lead performer scheduled for Sunday. The state Department of Agriculture and Commerce hosted the festival, and Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson said people who purchased tickets in advance for Sunday would receive refunds. He said safety is a priority at the fairgrounds.

“I appreciate the quick response from the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office and the Jackson Police Department,” Gipson said in a statement Sunday. “Their quick action to secure the scene prevented other people from being potentially injured. »

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