At least three men have been killed and several others injured after gunfire erupted just before midnight New Years eve in Gulfport, Mississippi, authorities say.
Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer said three people were killed and four were injured during the shooting, one of whom was in critical condition Saturday.
That Gulfport Police Department received a report at 11:58 p.m. Friday of a shooting, according to a news release from the department.
The police’s initial investigation revealed that a physical fight started during an outdoor party and escalated to several people firing shots. Two men and a woman were also injured with non-life-threatening injuries during the incident.
Police said at least 50 shots were fired with several weapons, but several involved did not speak to officers. The officers estimated that dozens of people were present and many ran away when the officers arrived.
Gulfport Police Chief Chris Ryle said it was not clear what started the fight at a press conference.
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“Weapons, drugs, alcohol – that’s a recipe for disaster,” Ryle said.
Switzer said the three men were transported to two local hospitals just down the road from the incident where they were pronounced dead. The investigation is ongoing and no one has been arrested in connection with the incident.
“Someone out there last night saw something with so many people,” Ryle said at the press conference. “When a battle rifle comes out, someone knows who they are and we need them to come forward.”
The victims were identified as Corey Dubose, 23, of D’Iberville; Sedrick McCord, 28, of Gulfport; and Aubrey Lewis, 22, of Bay St. Louis.
Starring: Associated Press