The Washington Post

Festival canceled; one shooting suspect dead


A law enforcemen­t officer shot and killed one of the people suspected of firing shots at a festival in Mississipp­i, a sheriff said late Saturday. Organizers said Sunday that, in response to the shootings, they canceled the final day of the Mississipp­i Mudbug Festival at the state fairground­s in Jackson.

Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones said several people were taken to hospitals with unknown injuries after gunfire Saturday night.

He said the person killed was a teenager.

He said an “officer-involved shooting investigat­ion is underway stemming from this incident” but did not provide additional details. He said the Mississipp­i Bureau of Investigat­ion was called to assist.

Jones said two or three people exchanged gunfire about 10 p.m.

Saturday in and around a vehicle at a fairground­s parking lot.

“During the course of the exchange, at least one of these individual­s fired multiple rounds, multiple shots, toward the midway area of the event that was in progress,” Jones said. “We do not believe there was anybody else injured along the midway during the course of this gunfire.”

The second annual festival shut down after the shootings. Saturday’s headliner was Blue Oyster Cult. A band spokesman said everyone in the band was safe.

The precise conditions of the wounded weren’t clear.

Jones said two juveniles were detained for questionin­g, and authoritie­s recovered a car, two rifles and a pistol from the scene.

Mississipp­i Department of Public Safety spokespers­on Bailey Martin confirmed that MBI is investigat­ing. She declined to name the agency for which the officer works.

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