National Guard officials say shots have been fired for a second consecutive day near a military facility in southern Mississippi where soldiers are participating in Jade Helm exercises.
Lt. Col. Christian Patterson says that at about 8 a.m. Wednesday, soldiers training at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center reported shots fired into the air. Patterson describes it as the same area where soldiers reported gunfire shot from pickup near troops standing guard Tuesday.
Patterson says the description of the shooter is the same for both incidents: a white male in a red pickup truck, make and model unknown. He says Camp Shelby is at a heightened state of alert but no service members have been hurt or injured. He says the post is secure and all personnel are accounted for.
Yesterday the sheriff’s department questioned two men after authorities found a truck matching an earlier description of the vehicle driven by the suspected shooter, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol. The men were released without charges.
Camp Shelby, a training center that spans more than 134,000 acres (540 square km), is one of only two National Guard facilities activated as mobilization centers for overseas deployment, the camp’s website says. It is also used to train active military personnel.