People claimed several children were injured when gunshots rang out at a car show in the city of Dumas, Arkansas, on Saturday night – police say one person died and an arrest was made
At least 20 people were injured and one is known to have died after a mass shooting at a car show.
Arkansas State Police in the United States were called to the city of Dumas at around 7:25 p.m. after gunshots rang out at the Delta NEYO Hood-nic Foundation auto show.
Video footage from the event shows people running away in panic after hearing gunfire and there are photos of a wounded man being carried away.
Local emergency services said the shooting took place in a parking lot off US-165 of a supermarket called Mad Butcher.
Several people in the city, which is home to around 4,000 people and is about 85 miles southeast of the state capital Little Rock, have taken to social media to claim that children have been shot.
Andrew Epperson, a reporter for local news channel KARK 4 News, said investigators confirmed that “at least one person died” and that “children were also shot.”
Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler told the Mirror: “Around 7:25 p.m. tonight, Arkansas State Troopers from the Highway Patrol Division and Special Agents from the Criminal Investigation Division were dispatched to Dumas following an initial report of a shooting outside a local Business reported that car was in show was in progress.
“Preliminary information provided to ASP says up to 10 people were injured by gunfire.”
Dumas Police Chief Keith Finch later told KATV that the number of wounded had risen to 20 and several of them were children.
Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin tweeted, “Praying for the entire Dumas community following tonight’s senseless and tragic shooting as families with young children gathered for a community event on Saturday. Evening.
“God bless the law enforcement officers who are on the scene and responding.”
Arkansas Online reporter Grant Lancaster tweeted, “1 person in custody, preliminary reports suggest the number of wounded is rising.”
It was the 16th gathering of the annual auto show, according to the Delta Neighborhood Empowerment Youth Organization (NEYO) website.
Posted in a statement on FacebookOrganizers said: “We are heartbroken and shocked by what happened during today’s auto show.
“Several people were shot dead by an unknown suspect. The full extent of the injuries has not yet been disclosed. State Patrol is currently investigating the situation.
“We will release further details as they come in. If you know anything, please report it to the authorities.
“Hood-Nic’s goal has always been to bring the community together.
“This senseless violence has to stop. Send our prayers.”
Organizer Wallace McGehee told KATV: “We just want to extend our prayers and condolences to our friends in the community – we’re here with you.
“We apologize for everything that happened. This has never happened to us at our event. It’s a tragedy.
“We’ve done this for 16 years with no issues and we want our community to come back strong. We will get through this.”
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