Stockton, Alabama, shooting: Three people were killed and 15 injured when a May Day event ended in gunfire. The authorities are looking for suspects


Authorities said three people were killed and at least 15 others were injured Saturday evening after gunfire broke out during a May Day event in southwest Alabama.

According to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, approximately 1,000 people attended the gathering in Stockton Township. May Day is often a seasonal celebration in anticipation of warmer days ahead – and in some parts of the world, it is a celebration of workers’ rights.

Stockton is about 25 miles northeast of Mobile.

The event was peaceful until an argument broke out and at least one person began shooting into a large crowd, the sheriff’s office said, citing witness accounts. Officers responded to reports of shots fired around 9:30 p.m., the office said.

At least 18 people were shot. The sheriff’s office described the aftermath as a “chaotic scene.”

“Unfortunately, three of the victims succumbed to their injuries,” the office added. Authorities did not provide any information about those killed or injured.

Investigators believe there may have been more shooters, the sheriff’s office said, urging the public to come forward if they may have information or recorded video during the event.

“This is a tragic event that touches many lives in our community,” the office said. “We are working very hard to bring this case to a resolution, but without help we cannot make arrests or successfully prosecute the perpetrators.”

The weekend violence is a type of tragedy that too many American communities are familiar with, as another gathering that should have been safe ended abruptly and lives were lost.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, the incident is one of at least 155 mass shootings that have occurred in the United States so far in 2024. Both CNN and the Gun Violence Archive define a “mass shooting” as a shooting in which four or more people are injured or killed, not including the shooter.

CNN has reached out to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office for more information, including on the victims and potential suspects.