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Sunday, May 29, 2022, 10:23 AM

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents are investigating after eight people are shot at an outdoor festival in Taft, Oklahoma. At this time there is one deceased and seven injured including two juveniles.

The shooting occurred at an annual Memorial Day event with 1,500 people in attendance, according to the OSBI. The festival took place at the Old City Square. Witnesses say just after midnight there was an argument and then gunfire erupted. The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office was in attendance at the event and immediately rendered aid to the victims, the bureau stated.

There are no suspects in custody. Anyone at the event who witnessed the shooting should contact the OSBI at (800) 522-8017 or email You can remain anonymous.

UPDATE 11 a.m.: Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Edwards said the following:

We had a shooting last night in Taft, OK, one dead, seven wounded. Four different casing types found at scene, forty casings found in total. There were close to 1,000 to 1,500 people present. It is a miracle it was not worse. One shooter has been identified.

The deceased was an adult female, whose name isn’t being released pending notification of family, Edwards said. The name of the identified suspect also isn’t being released pending being taken into custody.