The suspect turns himself in after a shooting at the Oklahoma Festival

A 26-year-old man who was wanted in a deadly shooting at an outdoor festival that killed one person and injured seven others has turned himself in to police, authorities said.

Skyler Buckner was booked into the Muskogee County jail around 4 p.m. Sunday, nearly 16 hours after the fatal shooting at the Memorial Weekend event in Taft, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) said.

The police had issued an arrest warrant for him.

He faces pending charges, Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Edwards told Tulsa World.

Witnesses told authorities a dispute preceded the shootout at the annual event, which drew at least 1,500 revelers.

“We heard a lot of gunfire and at first thought it was fireworks,” said Sylvia Wilson, an owner of Taft’s Boots Cafe, which was open at the time in the town of just a few hundred residents.

“Then people start running and crouching. And we all yelled at… ‘Get down! Get down!” Wilson remembered.

Filming scene.
Shooting at an outdoor festival killed one and injured seven others.
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The person shot was not immediately identified, other than that it was a 39-year-old black woman. Witnesses told Tulsa World that she was hit in the head.

The other injured, ranging in age from 9 to 56, are all believed to have non-life-threatening injuries, the agency said. The injured were a young person, not two as previously announced, as the emergency services made clear.

Members of the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office were present and began providing assistance immediately, OSBI said.

A bullet hole in Kountry Queen's food truck.
The person who was shot was not immediately identified.
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bullet hole.
A bullet hole in Kountry Queen’s food truck.
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bullet holes.
All of the injured are said to have suffered life-threatening injuries.
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“Bullets literally went everywhere,” Jasmayne Hill, who worked on a food truck during the event, told Tulsa World.

Hill said she and Tiffany Walton, the food truck owner, jumped to the bottom of the truck to avoid the bullets.

“We think we’re safe, and the bullets are like going through the floor of a food truck,” Hill said. “They didn’t hit us, thank God.”

Witnesses gather under a gazebo.
“Bullets went literally everywhere,” one witness recalled.
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scene of the shooting.
Witnesses told authorities the exchange of fire was preceded by an argument.
Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP

Neicy Bates and her husband were serving another food truck when the shots rang out. She told Tulsa World that most people “just went down and tried to get out of the way.”

“People just screamed. Some tried to run away. Cars pulled away trying not to run over each other,” she said.

Kevin Stitt, Governor of Oklahoma said on Twitter that he was grateful for OSBI’s “quick response in support of local police.”

https://nypost.com/2022/05/30/suspect-turns-himself-in-after-shooting-at-oklahoma-festival/ The suspect turns himself in after a shooting at the Oklahoma Festival

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