One person was killed and at least 24 others were injured when one or more gunmen opened fire on car show participants in Arkansas, police in the southern U.S. state said Sunday.
Authorities are investigating Saturday afternoon’s incident in the city of Dumas and “a shooting that struck a crowd attending a local car show, leaving one dead, and at least 24 others injured,” Arkansas State Police said in a statement.
One suspect has been arrested, but police are looking for “others who may have fired at the crowd,” the statement said.
The event’s organizer, the Hood-Nic Foundation, said the group was “heartbroken and shocked” by the tragedy that occurred at the outdoor event, which according to Hood-Nic representatives was intended to promote non-violence.
“We are not for violence, we are against it,” organizer Wallace McGhee told local television station KARK, saying the event had run for 16 years without incident and the group shared its condolences with those injured.
“The main issue for all of us is to sideline children, deter people,” he said.
Police said children were among those injured, a local CBS affiliate reported.
Mass shootings are a fairly common occurrence in the United States, where firearms are used in about 40,000 deaths a year, including suicides, according to the Arms Terrorism Archives website.
Weak firearms laws and the right to hold firearms have repeatedly hampered attempts to reduce the number of firearms in circulation, even as greater control is preferred by the majority of Americans.
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