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Gunshots reported at Biloxi High graduation

By WESLEY MULLER

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Gunshots were reported at Biloxi High's graduation ceremony at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD Gunshots were reported at Biloxi High's graduation ceremony at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. SUN HERALD

BILOXI -- People reported hearing gunshots Tuesday from a crowd that was fighting in the parking lot of the Coast Coliseum, shortly after the Biloxi High School graduation ceremony.

"I did get a phone call from my head of security who said there was an altercation in the parking lot, and a gun was fired," Coliseum Director Matt McDonnell said. "However, no one was hit or hurt from the gunshots."

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Biloxi police and Coliseum security guards were able to break up the fight and clear the parking lot.

Police Lt. Chris De Back said officers responded to an initial call regarding gunshots at the Coliseum but did not find evidence to substantiate the report.

Officers did break up a fight in the parking lot after the graduation ceremony but could not find any shell casings, bullet holes or other evidence confirming a gun was fired, De Back said.

"It's possible, for instance, that someone may have fired shots into the air or something, but as far as we know, it was just a fight," he said.

No arrests were made.

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