According to Arkansas State Police Col. Bill Bryant, a person who fled the scene of the Saturday evening shooting has been detained on unrelated charges and is being questioned about the incident in Dumas, a town of about 4,000 people located about 90 miles (144 kilometers) southeast of Little Rock.
According to cnbc.com, Authorities said Sunday that two persons got into a firefight during a car show that is part of an annual community event in a small southeast Arkansas town, killing one man and wounding 27 others.
“All we know at this point is that there were two persons that got into a gunfight,” Bryant said during a press conference on Sunday afternoon. Several toddlers, including two under the age of two, were among the injured, he said.
The vehicle exhibition is part of a community festival called Hood-Nic, which stands for “neighborhood picnic,” that takes place every spring. The Hood-Nic Foundation’s aim, according to their website, is to “rebuild, reunite, and react to the needs of our communities’ youngsters.”
A bonfire, a basketball competition, musical performances, a teen party, and a balloon release were all part of the event, which raised money for scholarships and school supplies.
According to Bryant, Cameron Shaffer, 23, of Jacksonville, Arkansas, was killed in the firing. Authorities have no evidence that he was involved in the gunfight, he said.