Arkansas mass shooting leaves 1 dead and 20 injured

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Police in Dumas, Arkansas, have confirmed that one person has lost their life during a mass shooting at a car show on Saturday evening (March 19).

Dumas Police Chief Keith Finch also revealed that a further 20 people were wounded in the shooting, including children, ABC News reports.

Finch told reporters that one person had been arrested and is now in custody, although, there may have been more than one shooter.

At around 7:25PM on Saturday evening, state troopers responded to reports of gunfire outside a local Dumas business where the car show was taking place. The city is located roughly 90 miles south of Little Rock.

Per the official website of the Delta Neighborhood Empowerment Youth Organization, the car show takes place every spring as a means of raising funds for scholarships and school supplies through members of the local community.

Wallace McGehee, the organizer behind the car show, has since expressed his condolences to the community and the families of the victims. Speaking to KATV, McGehee said: "For something like this to happen, it's a tragedy."

"We don’t really know what happened but we just want to send our prayers to all of our friends in this community. We’re here with y'all," he added.

McGehee added that the show has taken place for the last 16 years without any issues.

Chris Jones, a Democrat running for Arkansas governor and who had attended the show earlier in the day, tweeted his response to the tragic incident.

Jones said in a statement: "I am heartbroken about the mass shooting tonight in Dumas. Reports are that several people were shot and that there are casualties. EMS and law enforcement responded quickly and The Arkansas State Police is investigating the situation - we thank them for their response."

"I am deeply saddened (and honestly angered) by this tragedy. Dumas needs our thoughts, our prayers - and our action. Join me in praying for the victims, their families, the first responders, and the entire Dumas community," he added.

The New York Posts reports that local police are yet to release any information on any potential suspects or details of the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

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Arkansas mass shooting leaves 1 dead and 20 injured

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By stefan armitage

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Police in Dumas, Arkansas, have confirmed that one person has lost their life during a mass shooting at a car show on Saturday evening (March 19).

Dumas Police Chief Keith Finch also revealed that a further 20 people were wounded in the shooting, including children, ABC News reports.

Finch told reporters that one person had been arrested and is now in custody, although, there may have been more than one shooter.

At around 7:25PM on Saturday evening, state troopers responded to reports of gunfire outside a local Dumas business where the car show was taking place. The city is located roughly 90 miles south of Little Rock.

Per the official website of the Delta Neighborhood Empowerment Youth Organization, the car show takes place every spring as a means of raising funds for scholarships and school supplies through members of the local community.

Wallace McGehee, the organizer behind the car show, has since expressed his condolences to the community and the families of the victims. Speaking to KATV, McGehee said: "For something like this to happen, it's a tragedy."

"We don’t really know what happened but we just want to send our prayers to all of our friends in this community. We’re here with y'all," he added.

McGehee added that the show has taken place for the last 16 years without any issues.

Chris Jones, a Democrat running for Arkansas governor and who had attended the show earlier in the day, tweeted his response to the tragic incident.

Jones said in a statement: "I am heartbroken about the mass shooting tonight in Dumas. Reports are that several people were shot and that there are casualties. EMS and law enforcement responded quickly and The Arkansas State Police is investigating the situation - we thank them for their response."

"I am deeply saddened (and honestly angered) by this tragedy. Dumas needs our thoughts, our prayers - and our action. Join me in praying for the victims, their families, the first responders, and the entire Dumas community," he added.

The New York Posts reports that local police are yet to release any information on any potential suspects or details of the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Featured image credit: vexedart / Alamy