Shooting at an Arkansas auto show: one dead and 27 injured in Dumas

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“During a press conference yesterday, the number of injured was reported at 28,” Arkansas State Police said on Facebook on Monday. “The discrepancy appears to be attributed to a patient admitted locally and then transferred to another hospital.”

Five children aged 19 months to 11 years were among the injured, the agency said on Monday.

At a press conference Sunday afternoon, police identified the person killed as Cameron Shaffer, 23, of Jacksonville, Arkansas. There was no indication that Schaffer was involved in the act of shooting each other, they said.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to all the families and our gunshot victims as a result of this incident,” Arkansas State Police Col. Bill Bryant told reporters. .

Police believe there was ‘no mass shooting planned’ as the incident was sparked by two individuals who exchanged gunfire around 7:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. ET) on Saturday at the lounge of the community automobile.

The Dumas Police Department had one person in custody on unrelated charges, and police are looking for two additional suspects in connection with the shooting, Bryant said.

“It’s shocking,” he said. “We have a small community, a farming community in Dumas of 5,000 people, and then we have a multi-victim incident… You don’t expect that from small town Arkansas.”

Governor Asa Hutchinson expressed himself on Twitter on Sundaysaying the incident “represents a complete disregard for the value of life”.

“As the investigation continues, I will review the details to see if there are any steps that could have been taken to prevent this type of tragedy,” Hutchinson said in the statement.

Children among shooting victims

Earlier Sunday, state police said 24 people were injured in the incident, while Arkansas Children’s Hospital said it treated six victims under the age of 18.

The hospital said the children’s injuries were not life-threatening and most of them were discharged after being treated.

“Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock received six patients under the age of 18 with gunshot wounds as a result of the incident, with no fatalities. Most patients were treated and discharged,” he told CNN Hilary DeMillo, the hospital’s media relations manager, in an email.

Bryant told the press conference that five children – ages 11, 9, 8, 23 months and 19 months – were taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital after the incident and that police were working to check whether a sixth child was involved. Five victims had since been released from hospital, he said.

Family members identified three of the five children on Monday. Angelo Ussery Sr. told CNN that his one-year-old son, Angelo Ussery Jr., was shot in the leg while at the show with his mother.

“When she called me, she was in an uproar and I broke down,” Ussery said. “I just had to find a way to get to this hospital where I had never been before. “When I saw the injury, I couldn’t believe it. He had a hole in his leg and they had to take him to the children’s hospital.”

The child is expected to make a full recovery, his father said.

Frankie Spicer Sr. had a similar scare when friends began reaching out to let him know there had been a shooting at the car show where his mother and two children were.

“I kept calling my mom but a stranger picked up and said he didn’t know who the phone was but there was a woman and child lying on the floor,” Spicer said. .

Spicer told CNN that his 11-year-old son, Frankie Spicer Jr., was shot in the hand and his 8-year-old daughter, Aaliyah Spicer, was shot in the leg while waiting in line for a funnel cake. His mother, Felecia Kimble, was shot in the stomach.

“My daughter told me there were people stepping over them and my son told me he got up and ran for help,” he said. “He ran to the police and told them that my mother and her little sister had been shot.”

Spicer said police transported them to a local hospital. His family is expected to make a full recovery, he said.

Car show was part of an annual picnic

Arkansas State Police said in an earlier news release Sunday that special agents from its Criminal Investigations Division interviewed victims and witnesses overnight. Investigators have secured the scene, which is along U.S. Highway 65 as it passes through downtown Dumas, he said.
The auto show was organized by the Hood-Nic Foundation and Delta Neighborhood Empowerment Organization, a group providing educational programs and support for youth in the Dumas area, according to their website. Dumas is about 80 miles southeast of Little Rock.

According to the Delta NEYO website, the annual Hood-Nic, (neighborhood picnic) that the auto show has been a part of for 16 years, is held annually over the Spring Break weekend to raise funds for “scholarships, school supplies and more for deserving individuals”. people.”

“We are heartbroken and in shock over what happened at tonight’s car show,” the Hood-Nic Foundation said in a Facebook post Saturday night.

“Hood-Nic’s goal has always been to bring the community together,” the post reads. “This senseless violence must stop. Sending our prayers.”

CNN’s Dakin Andone and Susannah Cullinane contributed to this report.

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