Shooting breaks out at Dumas Auto Show in Arkansas, leaving one dead and 28 injured
CHILLING footage shows the moment gunfire broke out at a car show – killing one and injuring 28, including several children.
Two babies were among those injured in the horrific attack at the event in Dumas, Arkansas on Saturday.
A suspect is in custody – but cops are still looking for other potential shooters who may have fled the scene.
Cameron Shaffer, 23, of Jacksonville, was killed in the terrifying shooting that took place as a band performed on stage.
Authorities believe there is no evidence that Shaffer was involved in the confrontation that culminated in the shooting.
Cops confirmed that an 11-year-old, nine-year-old, eight-year-old, 23-month-old and 19-month-old were among those injured.
The incident happened around 7:25 p.m. local time during the Hood-Nic event, Arkansas State Police confirmed to the US Sun.
Desha County Emergency Management said the shooting happened in the Mad Butcher’s parking lot off US-165.
Police said they are investigating the possibility of multiple shooters.
A number of victims were reportedly taken to the Delta Memorial.
Other victims were taken to McGehee Hospital and a child was taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
At least two victims were airlifted from the parking lot where the shooting took place.
An investigator who handled the crime scene told KARK 4 that this incident did not appear to be a “mass shooter situation”.
“The bottom line about this is that individuals were involved in a shooting,” Arkansas State Police Superintendent Col. Bill Bryant said Sunday at a news conference.
Video footage from a witness, but released by McCoy, shows crowds gathering outside Delta Hospital.
Additional video posted by witnesses shows ambulances rushing to the scene.
Several sirens can be heard in the background.
Video shows dozens of people gathered around cars and trucks in a parking lot.
Then the sound of gunfire is heard as people run for safety.
According to authorities, the ages of the young victims who were shot included a 19-month-old and a 23-month-old.
The Dumas police chief confirmed that several children had been shot but says they are “doing well”.
“You just shot a baby. Baby mf,” one festival-goer wrote on Facebook.
Candace McKinzie, 26, was eating a funnel cake when she heard the gunshots which prompted a rush for security.
She had been one of the organizers of the event.
“You went from laughing and talking and eating and everything to a random shot,” she told The New York Times.
Officials from the Desha County Emergency Management Office also told KARK 4 that two separate incidents occurred, the first being a chase that ended in a car accident.
Then the shooting took place.
The 16th annual Hood-Nic Car Show was being held today, according to the Delta Neighborhood Empowerment Youth Organization (NEYO) website.
One of the event’s organizers, Wallace McGhee, told reporters there had never been a problem in 16 years.
“We apologize for all of this. This never happened with us in our event”, McGhee said.
McGhee added that Delta NEYO supports those affected and offered condolences to the victims.
Delta NEYO is an organization that “strives to expand educational programs and increase community involvement,” according to their website.
There was also a parade this morning, as well as a bike show tonight, the site says.
Every year, a Hood-Nic (neighborhood picnic) is held on Spring Break weekend. The goal is to raise funds to provide additional scholarships, supplies and resources, according to the website.
“Saying prayers for the entire community of Dumas following tonight’s senseless and tragic shooting as families with young children gathered for a community event on Saturday night. God bless the law enforcement officers who are at the scene to respond,” Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin wrote. on Twitter.
Chris Jones, the Democratic candidate for governor of Arkansas, said he was “heartbroken” by the news.
In a statement, Jones said: “I am deeply saddened (and honestly angry) by this tragedy.
“Dumas needs our thoughts, our prayers.”
Dumas is a city located in Desha County, Arkansas.
The population is approximately 5,000 at the 2010 census.
Police continue to speak to witnesses and gather information as the investigation into the shooting continues.
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