Shots fired for second day near military site in US

Shots were fired for a second consecutive day near a military facility in southern United States, but there are no reports of anyone being wounded, officials said on Wednesday.

Hattiesburg: Shots were fired for a second consecutive day near a military facility in southern United States, but there are no reports of anyone being wounded, officials said on Wednesday.

At about 8 am today, soldiers training at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in Mississippi state reported shots fired into the air, said Lt Col Christian Patterson. It was in the same area where soldiers reported gunshots fired from a pickup truck a day earlier, Patterson said.

The description of the shooter was the same in both instances, Patterson said: a white male in a red pickup truck.

The post is secure, and all personnel are accounted for. Patterson had said yesterday that guards at all base entrances were armed under a recent order from the state governor.

"Everybody out there can rest assured that our security is enhanced," said Patterson.

No one was wounded in yesterday's shooting, which occurred near a checkpoint at the post. Authorities were quick to point out that shooting took place outside the base perimeter.

The large military base is one of the premier training facilities for National Guard troops from across the country and during the height of the Iraq war was often the last stop for National Guard troops training to go to the Middle East.

The base is currently hosting about 4,600 active-duty soldiers, National Guard and reservists. 

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