Oklahoma festival shooting
TAFT, Oklahoma – One person was killed and seven injured in a shooting early Sunday morning at an outdoor festival in eastern Oklahoma, and a witness described frantic people running for cover as the shooting erupted.
Two juveniles were among those injured on Memorial Day near Taft, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast of Tulsa, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.
The agency said that witnesses said a quarrel took place before the shooting, shortly after midnight. She added that no one had been arrested.
“We heard a lot of shots and thought it was fireworks at first,” said Sylvia Wilson, owner of Taft Pots Café, which was open at the time to serve a large number of visitors to the small town for Memorial Day weekend gathering. .
Then people start running and evading.
And we were yelling at everyone… “Get down! Get down!” Wilson told The Associated Press by phone from the coffee shop Sunday morning.
About 1,500 people attended the event in Taft, which usually has a population of only a few hundred people.
Members of the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office were present and immediately began providing assistance, according to OSBI.
The agency did not mention any other details, including the condition of the injured.
The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office has referred the AP to OSBI for more information.
A spokeswoman for the office did not return calls to the AP.
Wilson estimated that her café was about 100 feet (30 m) from the scene of the shooting.
She said law enforcement forces were at the scene to assist with security earlier and that the officers responded quickly to the shooting.
“We are upset,” Wilson said, adding, “Everything is back to normal. … the danger is over.”
Wilson wondered if the Memorial Day show scheduled for Monday at Taft could be canceled due to the shooting, though she said she hasn’t received official word.