PANOLA COUNTY, Miss. — Two people are dead and at least six people were injured after shots were fired into a large crowd at a concert in Panola County over the weekend.
District Attorney John Champion said a large group was gathered at the LPS Ballpark on Hunter Chapel Road in Como, Mississippi, when at least 50 shots were fired into the crowd around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
Champion said an estimated 500-1,000 people were at the event. An earlier estimate said there were around 100 people.
An event flyer showed Memphis-based rapper Big Boogie was scheduled to perform at the venue that night.
One male victim was found dead at the scene, while a woman was airlifted to a hospital in Memphis, where she died, Champion said. He did not release the names of the victims.
Three people went to nearby hospitals for treatment for gunshot wounds, and three more were run over and hurt during the chaos that ensued after bullets started flying, he said.
Based on the evidence collected investigators believe at least five different guns were involved and more than 50 shots were fired.
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The local authorities said they are asking Memphis Police for help as well as federal agencies.
Champion said investigators had not found any incident that led up to the shooting.
“We can find no incident that led to the beginning of this,” Champion said. “Why this started, why people felt the need to pull out guns and start shooting indiscriminately into a crowd.”
They think there may be a connection to Memphis, because the rapper performing was based there.
No one has been arrested in this case. If you know anything that could help investigators, call the Panola County Sheriff’s Office at (662) 563-6230.
“Somebody out there saw what happened, and if they care about these individuals like we do, they need to come forward,” Champion said.
Champion said the Panola County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating.
Panola County authorities said they found out about the concert the day it happened, saying event organizers did not go through the county land board to request approval to host the event.
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