October 4, 2022

Five shot, several injured in stampede in Quitman County after Marks homecoming

Therese Apel

A Homecoming celebration in Marks on Friday turned chaotic and almost deadly after gunshots broke out during a gathering after a football game.

According to WREG in Memphis, five people were shot in the melee and some others were injured in the stampede around First Street and MLK early Saturday morning after the homecoming football game.

Chief Marvin Furr told WREG the gunshots were coming from two different directions.

Furr said in his 17 years with Marks Police Department, he’s never seen anything like this in Quitman County.

Among those shot were Marks Mayor Joe Shegog’s daughter and his niece. Both will reportedly be okay.

Police told reporters they believe the shooting doesn’t involve people from Quitman County, blaming people from surrounding towns.

Quitman County is the location of the disappearance of Will Polk and April Jones in 2019. Polk’s decapitated head was found after more than a year of searching, and no sign of Jones has ever been found. Several arrests have been made, with the suspects being almost all involved in violent gangs. Several North Mississippi gang investigators say Quitman County isn’t as quiet as some elected officials would assert.

Police have asked that anyone with information on the shooting call the Quitman County Sheriff’s Office at 662-326-3131.

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