JACKSON, MS (CelebrityAccess) – The rounds of gunfire lit up the festival fairway Saturday night (April 30) at the Mississippi Mudbug Festival, held at the State Fairgrounds. The festival began Wednesday and had been scheduled to run until Sunday. The festival features live music entertainment, eating contests, children’s activities, and amusement rides. Headlining the festival Saturday night was legendary rock band Blue Oyster Cult, best known for classic hits like “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper” and “Burnin’ For You.” American Idol contestant Hannah Everhart, Bobby Rush, and Shake the Bucket also performed over the week.
Law enforcement was already working the event and responded when the sounds of gunfire began around 10 pm EST.
One person died, and five others were injured in the shooting. Reports from the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) state that the person who died was one of the shooters and was shot by an officer after an “exchange of gunfire between 2 or 3 individuals in and around a vehicle” Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones said to CNN. “We believe the deceased individual was actively involved in the incident that was reported regarding the gunfire and regarding the several shots that were fired.”