Camp Shelby is in a heightened state of alert after authorities said a man matching the same description of yesterday’s shooter fired shots near Camp Shelby again this morning.
Around 8 a.m., soldiers training at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center reported shots fired in the vicinity of Peret Tower Road and Highway 29 in Perry County. It is not on the premises of Camp Shelby.
Lt. Col. Christian Patterson said this morning that the alleged shooter is a white male in a red or maroon pickup truck, make and model unknown.
“We’re making sure soldiers are aware of what’s going on so they can take the proper precautionary measures,” Patterson said.
The base is in the middle of the Exportable Combat Training Capability exercise, which involves the 155th Armored Brigade combat team and other National Guard and Army Reserve units. Over 4,600 soldiers are involved in the training, he said.
Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith was not immediately available for comment.
This is a developing story.
Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith said no one was injured Monday when the shots were fired in the direction of two soldiers training on Peret Tower Road.
The call came in around 12:15 p.m. on the sheriff’s department main line.
Smith said he doesn’t know if the two soldiers were actually the target of the shots or not, but that where they were training was visible from the road.
Officers are searching the area for a maroon pick-up truck with black rims, believed to have been driven by a white man who Perry said authorities believe fired the shots.
Initially two men were questioned after authorities released an early description of a red pickup truck and it was traced to a residence in the area. They were taken from the residence to the Perry County Sheriff’s Department by the Mississippi Highway Patrol before they were questioned and released without charges.
Lt. Col. Christian Patterson said the soldiers reported the shots to their commanding officers, who in turn told local authorities. On Monday, 25 distinguished visitors including Gov. Phil Bryant were present, Patterson said.
Smith said depending on how the investigation goes, the charges against the shooter could range from simple assault to aggravated assault. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has been asked to assist, and the FBI has been made aware of the incident, officials said.
After four Marines and a Sailor were killed last month in Chattanooga, Tennessee, tensions are high about attacks on U.S. military targets by foreign and domestic terrorism groups.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Perry County Sheriff’s Department at (601) 964-8461