VIDEO: Apparent gunfire heard after Biloxi HS graduation

VIDEO: Apparent gunfire heard after Biloxi HS graduation

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:

Last night, Biloxi High School seniors and their families celebrated their outstanding accomplishments during a memorable graduation ceremony.  The class of 2016 walked across the stage, stepping into the next phase of their lives, and we couldn't be any prouder of them.  Unfortunately, nearly 40 minutes after this celebration, in the parking lot of the coliseum, a few individuals decided to let their personal issues mar this event. Police are currently investigating to find those responsible and we are cooperating in every way possible.  Thankfully, no one was injured, but we are committed to finding out who did this and making sure they are dealt with as severely as possible – we will not tolerate this type of behavior.  And we will not let this isolated event overshadow the celebration that our seniors have worked so hard for and rightly deserve.  Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

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."

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