Suspect Arrested in Oklahoma Festival Mass Shooting

39-year-old woman was killed in the shooting
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 29, 2022 3:45 PM CDT
Updated May 30, 2022 12:00 AM CDT
8 Shot at Holiday Festival in Oklahoma, 1 Fatally
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Update: Authorities said a 26-year-old man was in custody after one person was killed and seven people were injured in a shooting early Sunday at an outdoor festival in eastern Oklahoma, where witnesses described frantic people running for cover amid gunfire. An arrest warrant was issued for Skyler Buckner and he turned himself in to the Muskogee County sheriff's office Sunday afternoon, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. OSBI said that those shot ranged in age from 9 to 56, the AP reports. A 39-year-old woman was killed, OSBI said. The injuries of those wounded were considered non-life-threatening. OSBI had earlier said two juveniles were injured in the shooting but said Sunday afternoon that only one juvenile was injured. Our original story from Sunday follows:

Authorities said one person was killed and seven were injured in a shooting early Sunday at an outdoor festival in eastern Oklahoma, with a witness describing people frantically running for cover as the gunfire erupted. Two juveniles were among those shot at the Memorial Day event near Taft, about 10 miles southeast of Tulsa, the State Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. Witnesses said an argument preceded the gunfire just after midnight, the agency said. No one has been arrested, the AP reports.

"We heard a lot of shots, and we thought it was firecrackers at first," said Sylvia Wilson, an owner of Taft's Boots Cafe, which was open at the time to serve a surge of visitors to the small town for the holiday weekend gathering. "Then people start running and ducking. And we were yelling at everyone ... 'Get down! Get down!" Wilson said Sunday. About 1,500 people attended the event in Taft, which usually has a population of just a few hundred. Members of the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office were in attendance and immediately began rendering aid, the bureau said.

The agency provided no other details, including the conditions of those injured. Wilson estimated her café is about 100 feet from where the shooting broke out. She said that law enforcement had been on the scene to help with security earlier and that officers reacted quickly to the shooting. "We are upset," Wilson said. She wondered whether a Memorial Day parade planned for Monday in Taft could be canceled because of the shooting and was waiting for official word. (Something that sounded like gunfire sent people fleeing in New York City.)

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