One dead, 7 injured in Oklahoma festival shooting

TAFT: Authorities say one person was killed and seven others injured in a shooting early Sunday at an outdoor festival in eastern Oklahoma, with a witness describing frantic people running to get together take cover when the shots rang out.
Two minors were among those shot during the Memorial Day event near Taft, about 10 miles southeast of Tulsa, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. .
Witnesses said an argument preceded the gunshots just after midnight, the agency said. No one has been arrested, he added.
“We heard a lot of gunshots and at first thought they were firecrackers,” said Sylvia Wilson, owner of Taft’s Boots Cafe, which was open at the time to welcome a flurry of visitors. in the small town for the Memorial Day weekend rally. . “Then people start running and dodging. And we were yelling at everyone… ‘Get down! Get off!” Wilson told The Associated Press by phone from the cafe Sunday morning.
About 1,500 people attended the event in Taft, which is usually only a few hundred people. Members of the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office were present and immediately began assisting, OBSI said.
The agency did not provide any further details, including the condition of the injured. The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office referred the AP to OBSI for further information. A spokeswoman for the office did not respond to calls from the AP.
Wilson estimated his cafe was about 100 feet (30 meters) from where the shooting erupted. She said law enforcement was on the scene earlier to help with security and officers responded quickly to the shooting.
“We are devastated,” Wilson said, adding, “Everything is back to normal. … The danger has passed.
Wilson wondered if a Memorial Day parade scheduled for Monday in Taft might be canceled due to the shooting, although she said she had not received official word.

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