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Backfire or Gunfire? Authorities continue to piece together investigation

One person is in custody in connection to an investigation outside of Camp Shelby One person is in custody in connection to an investigation outside of Camp Shelby
Alfred Baria, 61 Alfred Baria, 61
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PERRY COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

A press conference was held Wednesday afternoon regarding the two incidents near Camp Shelby. Earlier Wednesday,Baria, 61, drove a maroon truck past authorities when they thought they heard another shot. Authorities pulled over Baria and took him into custody for questioning. 

Baria admitted that he was the person that police were looking for in connection to the incidents. Baria claimed he did not fire any shots, and that the sound authorities and soldiers heard was just his truck backfiring. 

ATF found two guns at the suspect's home. Biloxi Bomb Squad did find a device in the suspect's truck, but confirmed it was not dangerous. 

Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith confirmed during the press conference that they were still interviewing the suspect. 

There is no confirmation at this time if the suspect fired a gun. Greg Michel, installation commander at Camp Shelby, confirmed that the incident did not happen on Camp Shelby grounds, but just outside the facility on Paret Tower blacktop off Highway 29.

Michel also said that soldiers did claim of hearing gunshots, but never saw a gun or any shell casings.

The investigation has now been handed over to Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. 

The investigation is ongoing and there is no confirmation as to whether the incident involved was a shooting at all. 

The scene Wednesday morning:

According to The Department of Defense, at approximately 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, soldiers reported what they thought were gun shots being fired again at Camp Shelby.

This is the same area where soldiers reported gunfire from a motorist at approximately 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday.

The Camp Shelby Joint Forces training center immediately went into a heightened state of alert. No service members have been hurt or injured in either incident. The post is secure and all personnel are accounted for.

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