Suspect surrenders to authorities in connection with Taft shooting, investigation ongoing

TAFT, Okla. — A suspect has surrendered to authorities Sunday, wanted in connection with a shooting in Taft that left one person dead and seven others injured.

Skyler Buckner, 26, surrendered to the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Sunday afternoon concerning the incident in Taft, Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Edwards said.

DA Edwards says the shooting took place at a Memorial Day festival in Taft just after midnight. “There were some... thousand to 1500 people present at the incident,” Edwards said. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Sunday one of the wounded is only 9 years old.

The DA says 4o shell casings were found at the scene, from four different caliber weapons. Indicating, four separate weapons were fired. It’s almost a miracle that more people weren’t hurt,” Edwards said.

Witnesses told authorities just after midnight there was an argument and then gunfire broke out. The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office was in attendance at the event and immediately rendered aid to the victims, the OSBI said.

The injured from the shooting were all transferred to the hospital in Muskogee and three patients were then transferred to a hospital in Tulsa for treatment.

The deceased is a 39-year-old Black female.

The other seven injured range in age from 9 to 56. All are said to have non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone at the event who witnessed the shooting should contact the OSBI at (800) 522-8017 or email tips@osbi.ok.gov. You can remain anonymous.

Muskogee Mayor Marlon Coleman offered prayers to the neighboring town which is about 10 miles away.

“The neighboring town of Taft Oklahoma is a part of our Muskogee community, and we are praying for the people of Taft and all of the families involved in this weekend’s senseless shooting, especially for the families of the bereaved and the many children left traumatized from this tragic episode,” Coleman said in a Facebook post.

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