Shots fired again this morning near Camp Shelby
Search is on for shooter suspected in back-to-back shootings near Camp Shelby, No reported injuries, Camp Shelby training center is on high alert.
Military and law enforcement in the Hattiesburg and Perry County areas of the state are on high alert after a second shooting near the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center. Fortunately, no service members have been hurt or injured, and there are no reports of any other injuries in connection with this morning’s shooting. According to the Joint Force Headquarters of the Mississippi National Guard, soldiers training at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center reported shots fired into the air in the vicinity of Peret Tower Road and Highway 29 in Perry County. This is the same area where soldiers yesterday reported gunfire from a motorist around 11:45 am.
Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith has confirmed this morning’s shots were fired near a check point where two soldiers were standing guard.
The shooter is described as a white male in a red pick up truck,possibly a 1990’s model truck. This is the same description of the ma described to authorities during yesterday’s incident. Earlier today, authorities said they were following several leads and pulled over at least one truck matching the vehicle description from eye witness accounts of the shootings. No arrests have been made yet.
Authorities are canvassing the area near and around the Camp Shelby Join Forces Training Center in Perry County, off Highway 29, and while the multi-agency search is concentrated in this area, the search is on outside Perry County.
Meanwhile, the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center remains at a heightened sate of alert. The National Guard assures the post is secure and all personnel are accounted for. About 4,600 active duty soldiers, National Guard reservists from Texas and Mississippi are at Camp Shelby for a summer training exercise.
Camp Shelby is working with Perry County authorities in the manhunt and investigation.
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