7 people wounded during shooting at party in Mississippi

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FAYETTE, Miss. (AP) — Seven people were shot and wounded during a party at a small town in southwestern Mississippi.

The shootings happened at the Fayette Community Center. Five of the wounded were taken to Merit Health hospital in Natchez.

One person remained in serious condition, the Natchez Democrat reported.

Fayette Police arrested Marcus Smith of Fayette, 18, and charged him with seven counts of aggravated assault. A police department employee told The Associated Press he did not know whether Smith is represented by an attorney. The investigation continues.

Natchez Police responded to the hospital when the shooting victims began arriving.

“We secured the perimeter and helped gather names,” said Natchez Police Chief Joseph Daughtry. “It was a chaotic situation.”

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