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STARKVILLE • A Monday evening altercation at a Starkville park left one man with a gunshot wound and prompted the Starkville police to offer a reward for information on the shooter.

Tuesday, the Starkville Police Department announced a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest of the person responsible for the June 10 shooting at McKee Park.

The Starkville Police Department responded to a call of shots fired at the park in the central part of the city just after 6 p.m. The suspects had already fled the scene by the time officers arrived. Police said one male was struck by gunfire. He was transported to the Oktibbeha County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“Our agency continues to actively investigate this incident,” said SPD spokesman Sgt. Brandon Lovelady. “We believe this incident is isolated and stemmed from an argument.”

Witnesses told the Starkville Daily News that the shooting followed a dispute during a basketball game. One person left the court, retrieved a gun from a car and fired multiple shots.

According to SPD, witnesses saw two black males in a blue Nissan Altima leaving the area shortly after the shooting.

At the time of the shooting, the park was filled with families attending youth sporting events. The incident brought swift condemnation from city hall.

“Our city leaders and residents do not take it lightly and intend to act quickly and decisively on many fronts,” said Mayor Lynn Spruill. “We will be using every method at our disposal to solve this unthinkable crime that occurred in our park system.

“We will also be deploying dedicated police officers to the areas that have a high concentration of activity much as we do for any sporting and entertainment event. We need to make certain that all of our residents and guests feel safe.”

Starkville recently purchased a number of security cameras that have been placed around the city. Spruill noted that the cameras can play a role in identifying and addressing this kind of criminal activity. While there is a camera in the general area, it is about 400 yards away from the park.

Anyone with information on the car or the suspects is asked to contact the Starkville Police Department at 662-323-4131 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151.

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