On Friday, six people were slain in what authorities characterized as “a series of shootings” in a small Mississippi town.
The Tate County Sheriff’s Office has reported that a suspect, 52-year-old Richard Dale Crum of Arkabulta, Mississippi, is in jail. Crum has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond at the Tate County Prison, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.
Gov. Tate Reeves stated that the perpetrator is believed to have acted alone and that his motivation was unclear.
In a statement, Reeves asked for prayers at this time for the victims of this sad act and their families.
The shootings took place at Arkabutla, in Tate County, a small, unincorporated village located on the southern shore of Arkabutla Lake, some 20 miles south of the Mississippi-Tennessee border.
According to local TV station WMC, shooting victims were discovered at four different sites, including outside a store on Arkabutla Road, inside a home on Bend Road, and inside a residence on Arkabutla Dam Road. According to WMC, a second individual who was hurt but not shot was discovered at one of the shooting scenes.
The culprit and all of the victims have not been named by the authorities.
To help with the investigation, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has been contacted.
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