One dead, many injured, including six children, in the shooting at the Arkansas auto show

One person was killed and at least 24 were injured in a shooting at the Dumas, Arkansas auto show on Saturday night, police said.

Police have not said what led to the shooting Saturday night in Dumas, but Governor Asa Hutchinson he said on Twitter that there were two suspects, one of whom was arrested and held on unrelated charges.

There were at least six children among the injured. Children who were injured by the gunfire were taken to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, the spokeswoman said. Most were released on Sunday afternoon.

“As the investigation progresses, I will look into the details to see if there are any steps that could be taken to prevent this kind of tragedy,” said Hutchinson.

Troops, traffic officials and investigators were dispatched around 7:25 pm to the company where the car show was taking place, police said in an earlier statement.

The event’s organizers, a non-profit group called Hoodnic Foundation, said they were “devastated and shocked by what happened at today’s car show,” in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

The group’s director, Wallace McGehee, said he witnessed the shooting and tried to save the children from danger.

“Getting downstairs, trying to get the children out of the way, was the main problem for all of us,” he said.

McGehee said the group encourages non-violence. It is listed on transparency websites as an educational non-profit organization.

This was the sixteenth year of the Dumas auto show, McGehee said. He said the rest of the years have been smooth. Leaflets advertised it as “Neighbors’ Picnic.”

“Send you prayers, send all your condolences,” said McGehee.

Chris Jones, a Democrat running for Arkansas governor, tweeted that it was Saturday, registering voters and enjoying a “positive family atmosphere.”

“I am deeply saddened (and genuinely angry) at this tragedy,” Jones said in a statement.

Press association contributed.

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