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6 killed; suspect in custody, police say

Six people were killed Friday in a rural Mississippi town in what officials described as a “series of shootings.”

A suspect is in custody, according to Governor Tate Reeves. Reeves said authorities believe the suspect acted alone and his motive was unknown.

“Please pray for the victims of this tragic violence and their families at this time,” Reeves said in a statement.

The shooting took place in Arkabutla, Tate County, a small unincorporated community about 20 miles south of the Mississippi-Tennessee border on the south side of Lake Arkabutla.

Victims of the shooting were found in four different locations, including outside a store on Arkabutla Road, inside a house on Bend Road and inside a house on Arkabutla Dam Road , according to local TV station WMC. Another man was found injured at one of the shooting locations but did not have gunshot wounds, WMC reported.

Authorities have not identified either the suspect or any of the victims.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist with the investigation.

Contributor: The Associated Press

USA Today

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