One Injured During Shooting at Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

One Injured During Shooting at Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

In a horrible turn of events, especially considering the timing, a man was shot during a parade celebrating the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. Even worse, the shooting took place in Jackson, MS, the state capital that played a huge role in the Civil Rights Movement

Authorities say the shooting took place on Saturday near the parade, but not within the parade route. The victim is a 23-year-old male who was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center and treated for a gunshot wound to the chest. A suspect was questioned and released, and no one else was injured.

Mississippi was the setting for several key events in the Civil Rights Movement, and NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers was murdered in front of his home in Jackson by Byron De La Beckwith in 1964.

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[via The Huffington Post]

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