Witness to deadly Mississippi concert shooting says conflict may have started with fireworks

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PANOLA COUNTY, Miss. — A witness to a shooting that killed two people and left several others injured at a rap concert spoke exclusively with WREG on Wednesday.

A source close to the case says investigators have been reviewing footage and may have a person of interest identified.  

The witness, who asked to remain anonymous, said she saw a man fire shots into the crowd at Memphis-based rapper Big Boogie’s concert Saturday night at the LPS ballpark in Panola County.

She said there was some sort of conflict and people were running around her car with guns. She says she was told the issue was over fireworks.

“A little bit later on, something else happened and they were saying it was fireworks again. That’s what the promoter of the party kept saying on the microphone.”

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She says everything was fine once Big Boogie got on stage to perform. However, things soon took a deadly turn when she says she saw someone on stage start shooting. 

“I couldn’t see his face but everybody that was on stage with a black glove on was with the Memphis artist, and I saw the person that was shooting, he had a black glove on, so I know he was with him.”

Panola County authorities say at least five guns were used and more than 50 shots were fired into the crowd that night. 

Two people were killed, three were treated for gunshot wounds and three others were run over in the chaos.

“I looked over to my left, I seen about three bodies laid out,” she said. “[They] really didn’t deserve to lose their lives, they really didn’t, because of nonsense.”

Big Boogie and his management team sent the following response to WREG about the shooting.

“First I would like to give my condolences to the families that lost there [sic] loved ones in this unfortunate accident . I myself lost a loved one during this time. As an Artist i do not condone the violent behavior that happened that night. And as I’m dealing with this I would like to respectfully ask for understanding as I was not involved in any of the behavior that transpired, we were all victims in this. As a artist I want to feel safe in the environment that I am performing. And I pray that justice is served for the lives that were lost and the victims that were injured.”

As of Wednesday, no one had been arrested in this case. 

If you know anything that could help investigators, call the Panola County Sheriff’s Office at (662) 563-6230.

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