A possible suspect and accomplice are in custody after a shooting injured one male victim Monday in McKee Park, Starkville’s Mayor Lynn Spruill said Tuesday.
Spruill said the shooting was random and isolated, noting the police were using all their available tools to find the people responsible. She then praised the department for its efforts in tracking down the suspects, who had not been named by the time of this article's publication.
On-site witnesses said the shooting occurred after an argument over a basketball game escalated. Witnesses said the shooter left the basketball court to go to his car then proceeded to shoot the victim, who was hit but suffered non-critical injuries.
Spruill's statement follows an announcement by the Starkville Police Department of a reward for any information that would help them make an arrest. The reward is up to $1,000.
In her statement, Spruill noted that the newly-installed cameras will be used in this investigation among other methods.
"We will using every method at our disposal to solve this unthinkable crime that occurred in our park system," Spruill said.
Spruill also said in her statement that dedicated police officers would be used in areas that have a high concentration of activity, similar to what is already used for large sporting or entertainment events.
Despite the shooting, McKee Park had largely returned to normal operations by Tuesday morning, with roughly 30 people utilizing various parts of the park.
The park’s amenities were closed on Monday following the shooting, but reopened first thing Tuesday morning once the crime scene was processed by investigators.
This is a developing story. For more on the incident, read Wednesday's Starkville Daily News.