Authorities are now looking for just one suspect who allegedly fired shots near soldiers Tuesday at one of the military sites where the “Jade Helm 15” military training exercise is expected to take place.
Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith said in a news conference that the incident occurred around 11:35 a.m. ET on the eastern edge of Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Smith said police were looking for a white male driving a ’90s-model, maroon pick-up truck with black rims who allegedly fired shots near two soldiers at a checkpoint.
Local TV station WDAM initially reported that authorities were looking for two white men driving a red Ford Ranger with the words “broken arrow” on the windshield. A vehicle matching that description was found nearby, according to the news station.
Smith said that initial reports led authorities to two men who were questioned and later released due to new leads in the investigation.
In response to a reporter, Smith said it wasn’t clear whether the shooting was intentional or hunting-related.
More than 4,600 National Guard troops are currently on site at Camp Shelby for field exercises known as “Exportable Combat Training Capability,” according to The Hattiesburg American newspaper. Part of the multi-state training exercise known as “Jade Helm 15,” which set the Internet aflame with conspiracy theories earlier this year, is also expected to take place at Camp Shelby this summer.