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Aug 04, 2015

 

Shots fired at Camp Shelby soldiers

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The Clarion-Ledger1:54 p.m. CDT August 4, 2015

Authorities are searching for two suspects that allegedly fired shots at a group of soldiers at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center.

Mississippi National Guard Director of Public Affairs Lt. Colonel Christian Patterson did not confirm that soldiers were targeted.

WDAM reported that Perry County authorities confirmed that shots were fired around 12:10 p.m. at soldiers training in the area.

Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith said that there were no injuries reported, but officers are searching for a two door red Ford Ranger with “broken arrow” written across the top. The suspects are described as two white males who allegedly fired from the vehicle then fled. Lt. Col. Patterson said shots were fired as the truck drove past the base and soldiers were in the area.

Members of the Forrest County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Forestry Commission are assisting in the search.


 

Police searching for two men who shot at Camp Shelby soldiers

Authorities are searching for two men who shot at a group of US Army soldiers training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Local media reported the fire came from a two-door, red Ford Ranger pickup, with “Broken Arrow” written across the top. No one was injured.

The shots were fired around 12:10 p.m. local time, Perry County deputies confirmed to WDAM.

Camp Shelby is hosting about 500 active-duty soldier from Texas and a National Guard unit from northern Mississippi for a joint exercise with 4,600 Army, Army Reserve and National Guard troops, AP reported.
“This is the first time that we’ve had this kind of exercise at Camp Shelby,” Major General Augustus L. Collins, adjutant general of Mississippi and commanding general of both the Mississippi Army and Air Force National Guard, said on Monday.

The training exercises, called Exportable Combat Training Capability, began in mid-July and will continue through mid-August. Civilians were able to watch some of the drills on Friday, but there have not yet been any reports of non-military members in the vicinity of Tuesday’s shooting.

Members of the Forrest County Sheriff’s Department and the US Forestry Commission are assisting in the search for the two men.

Camp Shelby is a 134,000-acre National Guard training center in Hattiesburg. It is also the location of the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum, where a new exhibit on state Representative Mac Huddleston, who flew helicopters in the Vietnam War, opened on Wednesday.

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