DUMAS, Ark. – Arkansas State Police verified early Sunday morning that 24 people were injured — up from the original report of 20, including multiple children — and one person is dead in a shooting outside a car show in Dumas.
The mass shooting happened Saturday night outside of the 16th annual “Hood-Nic” event held by the Delta Neighborhood Empowerment Youth Organization. One of the organizers of the event said the gathering was an attempt to promote nonviolence.
Dumas Police Chief Keith Finch confirmed that one person is in custody but officers and state troopers will continue to search for others who may have been firing into the crowd of people Saturday night, KARK reported.
BREAKING: Dumas Police Chief confirms the number of people shot has gone up to 20 with one dead.
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At least two victims were airlifted from the parking lot, the Desha County Office of Emergency Management told KARK, while several others were transported to local hospitals in McGehee and Dumas. One child was taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The victims’ conditions were not immediately known.