Shooting breaks out at Arkansas auto show killing 1, injuring 24

One person was killed and 24 people were injured after gunfire erupted at a car show in southeast Arkansas.

Filming took place around 7:25 p.m. Saturday in Dumas, a small town about 90 miles south of Little Rock.

State troopers and local police responded to reports of multiple shots being fired into a crowd outside a business in downtown Dumas.

Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said the crime scene spanned the small town, which has a population of 5,000.

Mr. Sadler said USA today Sunday that “a suspect is in custody and a search continues today for other people who may have fired into the crowd”.

Gunshots reportedly “swept through the crowd” at a business, identified by Fox 16 KLRT like the Mad Butcher supermarket along I-65.

Police said 24 people were injured and one person was killed. The victims are thought to include a number of children.

Some of the injured were taken to medical centers in Dumas, including Delta Memorial and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Others were airlifted to other trauma centers.

Mr Sadler said further arrests were possible. The identity of the only person arrested has not been released.

Wallace McGehee, the organizer of an annual car show, called the shooting a “tragedy”. He also expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.

“For something like this to happen, it’s a tragedy,” Mr McGehee said said KATV. “We’ve done this here for 16 years with no problem.”

According to the Delta Neighborhood Empowerment Youth Organization website, the annual car show raises funds for scholarships and school supplies in the city.

Chris Jones, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate from Arkansas who attended the auto show, later tweeted, “I am deeply saddened (and honestly angered) by this tragedy.”

Arkansas State Police said, “Special agents from the State Police’s Criminal Investigations Division worked through the night interviewing victims and witnesses.”

Troopers are also working to “restore calm to the community and secure the crime scene along U.S. Highway 65 which runs through the center of the southeast Arkansas city.”

Additional reporting by The Associated Press

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