HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) – Gov. Phil Bryant is urging soldiers statewide to “defend themselves as necessary” after gunfire was reported for a second consecutive day near a southern Mississippi military facility.
Shortly after soldiers training at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center reported the shots fired Wednesday morning, Bryant said all available personnel would be used to find and arrest the suspect. The National Guard has said that the description of the shooter is the same for the incidents on both Tuesday and Wednesday: a white male in a red pickup truck, make and model unknown.
Bryant says: “The Soldiers at Camp Shelby and across the state can and should take appropriate steps to defend themselves as necessary.”
After a shooting rampage at military sites in Tennessee last month, Bryant ordered guards at all military base entrances in Mississippi armed. He cited that move in his Wednesday statement urging military personnel to protect themselves.