TAFT, Okla. (KFOR) – One person was killed and seven others were sent to a hospital after a shooting at a Memorial Day festival in Taft, Oklahoma Sunday morning.
According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, at least 1,500 people were in attendance at the annual outdoor festival in Taft’s Old City Square. Witnesses told police that an argument started just after midnight and shots were fired.
“It was traumatizing, a lot of people here are traumatized,” said Georgia Williams, a witness. “We heard gunshots firing, just pop pop pop pop pop and my brother said ‘get on the ground.'”
Monalisa Powell-Folkes added the gunshots sounded like “firecrackers.”
The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office was at the event already and immediately rendered aid to the victims, according to OSBI.
In total, eight people were shot, according to authorities. A 39-year-old woman died, and seven others, ranging from ages 9-56 were injured. In a statement, OSBI said all of their injuries are non-life-threatening.
“It’s going to have an effect on the town for a long, long time,” said Williams.
A suspect in the deadly shooting, Skyler Buckner, 26, turned himself in at the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office just after 4 p.m. Sunday, according to OSBI.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Buckner.
In a tweet, Gov. Kevin Stitt weighed in on the incident saying, ”I have been informed of the shooting in Taft. I am grateful for @OSBI_OK’s swift response to assist local police and am confident in Oklahoma law enforcement’s ability to bring justice to whoever is responsible for this deadly incident.”
Anyone who attended the event and witnessed the shooting is urged to contact OSBI at (800) 522-8017 or email email@example.com. The agency says you can remain anonymous.