One killed, seven injured in Oklahoma festival shooting

One juvenile was among those shot at the Memorial Day event, and a 39-year-old woman died, said the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.


Authorities said one person was killed and seven were injured in a shooting at an outdoor festival in eastern Oklahoma Sunday morning.

One juvenile was among those shot at the Taft Memorial Day event, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.

According to KTUL reporter Daniela Ibarra, an OSBI update said the eight people shot were all taken to a hospital. Their ages range from 9-56.

OSBI said there was only one child injured in the shooting, clarifying their initial report which said two minors were shot. One of those shot, a 39-year-old woman, died.

OSBI also provided an update to say said suspect Skyler Buckner, 26, turned himself in at the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office just after 4 pm Sunday afternoon.

Ahead of the gunfire, which came just after midnight, witnesses said they heard an argument, OSBI said.

"We heard a lot of shots and we thought it was firecrackers at first," Sylvia Wilson, an owner of Taft’s Boots Cafe, told the Associated Press.

"Then people start running and ducking. And we were yelling at everyone... 'Get down! Get down!'"

About 1,500 people attended the event in Taft, which has a population of just a few hundred people. OSBI said members of the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office were on-site and quickly began giving aid.

"Bullets were literally flying everywhere," Jasmayne Hill, who was working at a food truck during the event, told Tulsa World.

Hill said she and Tiffany Walton, the food truck owner, dove to the truck's floor to avoid the bullets.

"We’re thinking we’re safe and the bullets are like going through the bottom of the food truck," Hill said. "They didn’t hit us, thank God."

Neicy Bates and her husband were operating another food truck when the shots rang out.

"People were just screaming. Some were trying to run away. There were cars leaving, trying not to hit each other," she said.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said on Twitter he's grateful for the OSBI's “swift response to assist local police and am confident in Oklahoma law enforcement’s ability to bring justice to whoever is responsible for this deadly incident.”


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