BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - WLOX News Now has obtained video showing a brawl and what appears to sound like gunshots after a graduation ceremony at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.
Reports of gunshots flooded the newsroom last night, but Biloxi police said they could find no evidence that shots were fired in the parking lot after the Biloxi High School graduation ceremony.
In the video sent to us by a viewer, it appears several people are involved in a melee in the parking lot. Apparent gunshots can be heard near the end of the video.
Biloxi School District Superintendent Arthur McMillan released this statement on the incident Wednesday afternoon:
Matt McDonnell, Executive Director of the Coast Coliseum, said he plans to ramp up security for tonight's Gulfport High School graduation and the Ocean Springs High School graduation on Thursday. McDonnell said he is also asking for a larger police presence from the Biloxi Police Department.
"The incident that occurred in the parking lot was a very unfortunate situation that should never have occurred. People are here to celebrate their children achieving a milestone in their educational career, friends, relatives and they shouldn't have to be subjected to that," said McDonnell. "We hate it for the guests that came here to see their relatives graduate, but we are certainly not going to tolerate it. We are going to do what we have to do to stop it."