Six Dead In MS Mass Shooting, Suspect In Custody

The Washington Post reports:

Six people were killed in a series of shootings in Tate County, Miss., on Friday, according to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. The suspect has been apprehended, according to the Tate County sheriff’s office. Authorities have not identified the suspect or the victims.

The shootings occurred in Arkabutla, a community of about 300 in Tate County, about 45 miles south of Memphis. The incident follows a string of deadly gun violence this year, including a shooting that killed three students at Michigan State University earlier this week.

The Associated Press reports:

Tate County sheriffs dispatcher Shannon Brewer also confirmed that a suspect, who was not identified, was in custody. Brewer said further information would have to come from Sheriff Brad Lance, who could not immediately be reached by phone and did not immediately respond to an email message.

An elementary school and a high school in nearby Coldwater both went on lockdown while the suspect was being sought, according to the Coldwater Elementary School Facebook page. A short time later, a second post on the page said the lockdown had been lifted and “all students and staff are safe.”

I’ll update this post when more details emerge.