One suspect sought in Camp Shelby shooting

One suspect sought in Camp Shelby shooting
The alleged shooting suspects vehicle was found near New Augusta.

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - Authorities are back to searching for a suspect in connection to a Camp Shelby shooting.

Authorities responded to a call of shots being fired at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center Tuesday afternoon.

Perry County deputies confirmed the shots were fired around 12:10 p.m. on a group of soldiers training in the area.

Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith said that there were no injuries reported.

Smith held a news conference at 5:45 p.m. They believe there is only one white male involved in the incident, and he could be driving a small maroon colored truck.

A vehicle matching the description of the suspect's truck was found near New Augusta off Old Augusta Road earlier Tuesday afternoon.  Two men were questioned by MHP at The Perry County Sheriff's Department. After questioning, the two men were released and not charged.


Police said the suspect allegedly fired from the vehicle at the soldiers and then fled.

Members of the Forrest County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Forestry Commission helped assist in the search.

If you have any information regarding the incident, contact the Perry County authorities at 601-964-8461.

This is the second incident this summer that someone opened fire on military personnel from a vehicle.

On July 16, Mohammad Yousef Abdulazees opened fire on a military recruitment center in Chattanooga, TN. Abdulazees then drove to the U.S. Naval Reserve Center, crashed through the gate, entered the facility and shot and killed five service members. Local police returned fire and killed Abdulazees.

Camp Shelby, established during World War I, is the largest state-owned and operate field training site in the U.S. More than 100,000 troops from all branches of the U.S. military train at the facility, including reserve and active Army troops, Navy, Marines and Air Force.