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At least 27 people injured, 1 dead after Arkansas car show shooting

Police have confirmed that at least 27 people, including children, were shot and injured Saturday night. One person is dead.

DUMAS, Ark. — At least one person is dead and 27 people are injured after a shooting happened at a car show in Dumas, Arkansas on Saturday.

According to officials, the shooting began around 7:15 p.m. when multiple people reportedly fired into the crowd.

Police say that children were injured during the shooting. At least five people were taken by helicopter to hospitals in the area.

One person has been arrested in connection to the shooting, but police are still searching for others who may have been involved.

The Arkansas State Police are assisting the Dumas Police Department in the search for additional suspects.

Police held a press conference Sunday afternoon where they answered questions related to the incident. 

Authorities said in the presser that they have identified the victim that died as a result of the shooting as 23-year-old Cameron Shaffer of Jacksonville. 

The incident is being described as a 'gun fight' involving two different people and police said that Shaffer was not one of the people involved in the altercation.

Of the victims, authorities said that at least 5 were children-- an 11-year-old, a 9-year-old, an 8-year-old, a 23-month-old, and a 19-month-old.

During the presser, it was said that police are searching for a second suspect.

If you need extra support during this time, you can call 1-800-273-8255 or text “HOME” to 741741 to speak with a crisis counselor for free. 

Street Mentors of Dumas (SMOD) and the Hood-Nic Foundation will host a support session for youth on April 9 at 3:00 p.m. with support from mental health professionals. 

Parents and guardians may register their children at www.deltaneyo.com.

Anyone who may have information related to the shooting who can help investigators identify a suspect or suspects or provide information about the events leading up to the incident are asked by ASP to call (501) 618-8850.

If the call goes to voicemail, you can leave a message with the name of the caller and telephone number where they can be contacted at any time.

(Note: A previous version of this article indicated that there were 28 victims. Arkansas State Police said one of the victims was at one hospital then transferred to another, accidentally accounting for an extra person injured. ASP has confirmed there were 27 victims.)

We will update this article as more information becomes available.

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