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Gunfight at an Arkansas car show leaves 1 dead, 27 wounded


Authorities said that one man died and 27 were injured in an altercation between two men at a car show. It was part of an annual community event held in small Arkansas town.

Unrelated charges have been filed against a person that fled the scene of Saturday’s shooting. They are being interrogated about Dumas. Dumas is a town of approximately 4,000 people located 90 miles (144 km) southwest of Little Rock. Arkansas State Police Colonel Bill Bryant stated.

Bryant stated that “all we know is there were two people involved in a gunfight” at Sunday’s news conference.

He claimed that several children, two of them under 2, were among those who had been injured.

Hood-Nic (short for neighborhood picnic) is the community event where this car show takes place each spring. Hood-Nic Foundation states on their website that the foundation’s mission is “rebuild, reconnect, and respond” to the needs of youth within our communities.

This event helps to raise money for school supplies and scholarships. It also featured a bonfire and a basketball tourney, music performances and balloon releases.

Hood-Nic was founded to “bring the community together”. The foundation stated this on their Facebook page. This senseless violence must stop.”

Kris Love Keys, chief development officer of the foundation stated: “It has been an event that is family-friendly and promotes non-violence.”

Bryant reported that Cameron Shaffer (23) of Jacksonville was killed in gunfire. Bryant said that authorities don’t have any evidence that Shaffer was involved in the gunfight.

Early in the morning, Gov. Asa Hutchinson stated on Twitter that one suspect had been taken into custody and is being held for unrelated reasons. However, the state police said that only one of the suspects had been arrested and was currently being interrogated.

Hutchinson explained that as the investigation proceeds, he would examine all details in order to determine whether there were any possible steps to avoid this kind of tragedy.

A spokeswoman said that six children under 18 years old were shot in the leg and taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock. The majority had been released by Sunday afternoon.

KARK spoke with Wallace McGehee about the organizer of the car show. He said that once the bullets began flying, he started running, ducking and getting down to try to help the kids.

Candace McKinzie who organized the event said to The New York Times, that the gunfire came out of nowhere.

She said, “You moved from laughing and talking to eating and drinking and all that stuff to random firing.”

McKinzie stated that people began running, tripping on each other and elderly people falling.

McKinzie’s brother and cousin, as well as her sister, were also among the victims. McKinzie’s sister and cousin were also shot. She stated that both would be fine.

Arkansas Democrat Chris Jones posted that he attended the event on Saturday to register voters and enjoy “a positive family environment.”

Jones released a statement saying that he was deeply upset (and truly angered by) this tragedy.