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Oklahoma Memorial Day festival shooting leaves 1 useless, 7 injured

TAFT, Okla. — Authorities stated one particular person was killed and 7 had been injured in a shooting early Sunday at an outside festival in japanese Oklahoma, with witnesses describing frantic individuals operating for cover because the gunfire erupted.

Two juveniles had been amongst these shot on the Memorial Day occasion close to Taft, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) southeast of Tulsa, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation stated in a press release.

Witnesses stated an argument preceded the gunfire simply after midnight, the company stated. No one has been arrested, it stated.

“We heard a lot of shots and we thought it was firecrackers at first,” stated Sylvia Wilson, an proprietor of Taft’s Boots Cafe, which was open on the time to serve a surge of tourists to the small city for the Memorial Day weekend gathering. “Then people start running and ducking. And we were yelling at everyone… ’Get down! Get down!” Wilson stated to The Associated Press by phone from the café on Sunday morning.

About 1,500 individuals attended the occasion in Taft, which normally has a inhabitants of only a few hundred individuals. Members of the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office had been in attendance and instantly started rendering help, OSBI stated.

Bullet holes in the Country Queen food truck at the scene of a fatal shooting that happened at a Memorial Day event
Bullet holes within the Kountry Queen meals truck.
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Bullet holes in the Country Queen food truck
Two juveniles had been shot on the Memorial Day occasion.
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The company offered no different particulars together with the situations of these injured. The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office referred the AP to OSBI for extra data. A bureau spokeswoman stated her company could have updates later Sunday.

“Bullets were literally flying everywhere,” Jasmayne Hill, who was working at a meals truck throughout the occasion, advised the Tulsa World.

Hill stated she and Tiffany Walton, the proprietor of the meals truck, dove to the truck’s flooring to keep away from the bullets.

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Kountry Queens meals truck proprietor Tiffany Walton talks to media on the scene.
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Bullet holes
One witness claims an argument broke out earlier than the shooting started.
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“We’re thinking we’re safe and the bullets are like going through the bottom of the food truck,” Hill stated. “They didn’t hit us, thank God.”

Neicy Bates and her husband had been working one other meals truck when the pictures rang out. She advised the Tulsa World that most individuals “were just going to the ground trying to get out of the way.”

“People were just screaming. Some were trying to run away. There were cars leaving, trying not to hit each other,” she stated.

Walton, who lives in Taft, stated for many years the city has held a multi-day festival over Memorial Day weekend.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said on Twitter that he was grateful for the OSBI’s “swift response to assist local police and am confident in Oklahoma law enforcement’s ability to bring justice to whoever is responsible for this deadly incident.”

Wilson estimated her café is about 100 ft (30 meters) from the place the shooting broke out. She stated regulation enforcement had been on the scene to assist with safety earlier and that officers reacted shortly to the shooting.

“We are upset,” Wilson stated, including: “But everything is getting back to normal… The danger has passed.”

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