One person killed, 28 injured in shooting at Arkansas auto show

At a press conference Sunday afternoon, police identified the person killed as Cameron Shaffer, 23, of Jacksonville, Arkansas. There was no indication that Schaffer was involved in the act of shooting each other, they said.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to all the families and our gunshot victims as a result of this incident,” Arkansas State Police Col. Bill Bryant told reporters. .

Police believe there was ‘no mass shooting planned’ as the incident was sparked by two individuals who exchanged gunfire around 7:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. ET) Saturday at the lounge of the community car.

“It’s shocking,” he said. “We have a small community, a farming community in Dumas of 5,000 people, and then we have a multi-victim incident…you wouldn’t expect that from small town Arkansas.”

Governor Asa Hutchinson expressed himself on Twitter on Sundaysaying the incident “represents a complete disregard for the value of life”.

“As the investigation continues, I will review the details to see if there are any steps that could have been taken to prevent this type of tragedy,” Hutchinson said in the statement.

Children among shooting victims

Earlier Sunday, state police said 24 people were injured in the incident, while Arkansas Children’s Hospital said it treated six victims under the age of 18.

The hospital said the children’s injuries were not life-threatening and most of them were discharged after being treated.

“Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock received six patients under the age of 18 with gunshot wounds as a result of the incident, with no fatalities. Most patients were treated and discharged,” he told CNN Hilary DeMillo, the hospital’s media relations manager, in an email.

Bryant said at the press conference that five children – ages 11, 9, 8, 23 months and 19 months – were taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital after the incident and that police were working to check whether a sixth child was involved. Five victims had since been released from hospital, he said.

Arkansas State Police said in an earlier news release Sunday that special agents from its Criminal Investigations Division interviewed victims and witnesses overnight. Investigators have secured the scene, which is along U.S. Highway 65 as it passes through downtown Dumas, he said.
The auto show was organized by the Hood-Nic Foundation and Delta Neighborhood Empowerment Organization, a group providing educational programs and support for youth in the Dumas area, according to their website. Dumas is about 80 miles southeast of Little Rock.

According to the Delta NEYO website, the annual Hood-Nic, (neighborhood picnic) that the auto show has been a part of for 16 years, is held annually over the Spring Break weekend to raise funds for “scholarships, school supplies and more for deserving individuals”. people.”

“We are heartbroken and in shock over what happened at tonight’s car show,” the Hood-Nic Foundation said in a Facebook post Saturday night.

“Hood-Nic’s goal has always been to bring the community together,” the post reads. “This senseless violence must stop. Sending our prayers.”

CNN’s Dakin Andone and Susannah Cullinane contributed to this report.

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