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Residents shocked by shots fired at Camp Shelby soldiers

Camp Shelby's public affairs director said thankfully guards at the base were all armed. (Photo source: WLOX) Camp Shelby's public affairs director said thankfully guards at the base were all armed. (Photo source: WLOX)
Police say shots were fired from someone off of base. (Photo source: WLOX) Police say shots were fired from someone off of base. (Photo source: WLOX)
CAMP SHELBY, MS (WLOX) -

The Perry County Sheriff's Office is still looking for the person who fired shots at soldiers at Camp Shelby Tuesday morning. Thousands of soldiers flock to Camp Shelby every year for training. That's why the news of a gunman shooting at soldiers on base, came as a shock to Montana Tharp.

"People are having to worry about their safety at home on bases instead of overseas, and they are not even deployed," said Tharp.

Camp Shelby Director of Public Affairs, Lt. Colonel Christian Patterson, said more than 4,000 soldiers were participating in a training exercise when the shots were fired, and several dignitaries were on base for distinguished visitor day.

"Our soldiers in the field did the right thing. Once they heard the shots fired, they reported it to their chain of command. They ensured that local authorities were aware in order to investigate the situation and take action,” said Patterson.

Lt. Colonel Patterson said thanks to a recent order from Governor Bryant, guards at all base entrances were armed.

"Everybody out there can rest assured that our security is enhanced. It's something that we take very seriously and that we look at constantly in order to ensure that it's strong," said Patterson.

Just hours after the incident occurred, the National Guard confirmed that all soldiers were safe and accounted for, but the fact that someone shot at military personnel on base, doesn't sit well with Hattiesburg resident Kevin Broom.

"It's not right. They're in the military to protect our country. You're not supposed to shoot at them," said Broom.

Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith said they are looking for a white male who was driving a maroon pickup truck with black rims, most likely a 90s model. Anyone with information is asked to call the Perry County Sheriff's Department at (601) 964-8461.

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