6 Killed in Series of Shootings in Tate County, Mississippi

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Six people were killed in a “series of shootings” in a rural Mississippi town on Friday, the authorities said, adding that the suspected gunman was in custody.

Bailey C. Martin, a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, confirmed the killings in Arkabutla, a town of about 290 people about 45 miles south of Memphis.

Ms. Martin said the bureau was helping in the investigation and declined to comment further, referring questions to the Tate County Sheriff’s Office. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives New Orleans Field Division is also assisting, the agency said on Twitter.

The sheriff’s office declined to answer further questions, citing the ongoing investigation.

Gov. Tate Reeves of Mississippi said that he had been briefed on the shootings and that it was believed that a male gunman acted alone. The motive was unclear, he said.

“I will ensure that the full resources of the state are available to law enforcement as we continue to investigate the situation,” the governor said in a statement. “Please pray for the victims of this tragic violence and their families at this time.”

An elementary and high school were briefly placed on lockdown because of the shootings, according to a Facebook post from Coldwater Elementary School.