Arkansas police seek two suspects in shooting at charity car show that left one dead, 28 injured

Car show was held annually to raise money for children's school supplies and scholarships.

Published: March 20, 2022 9:37am

Updated: March 20, 2022 9:28pm

Police sought two suspects Sunday in a mass shooting outside a charity car show in southeast Arkansas a night earlier that left one dead and 28 injured. Six of the victims were children.

Arkansas State Police were summoned to the event in Dumas, Ark., around 7:25 p.m. Saturday with a reports of gunfire.

Police identified the person killed as Cameron Shaffer, 23, of Jacksonville, Ark.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and also with all the families and our shooting victims as a result of this incident," Arkansas State Police Col. Bill Bryant said.

The Dumas Police Department took one person in custody on unrelated charges and is seeking two additional suspects believed to have been involved in the shooting.

Bryant said the incident did not begin as a mass shooting but rather as a shootout between two individuals before so many people were wounded.

Dumas Police Chief Keith Finch said children were among the victims  Children’s Hospital said it treated six minors and all have been released.

The 16th annual Hood-Nic car show was designed to raise money for children's school supplies and scholarships.

“We are heartbroken and in shock at what took place during tonight’s car show,” the organizers said in a Facebook post.

Wallace McGehee, the event’s organizer, told KARK-TV he “saw a bunch of shooting and people running,” and he and other adults scrambled to get children out of harm's way.

“That was the issue for all of us was getting kids out of the way, getting people out of the way," he said. "Some of us put our own self into risk just to get people out of the way, to get the kids out of the way."

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