SCOTT COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – Two people, including a suspect, were shot during a fight at a Scott County solar farm on Thursday, May 18.
Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee said the sheriff’s office received a call around 7:00 a.m. about a shooting at Pearl River Solar Park on Merchant Road. He said some deputies were nearby and were able to respond within minutes of receiving the call.
According to Lee, the suspect and the victim were involved in a fight before the shooting happened. He said the suspect shot the victim and was later subdued by two others at the solar farm.
During the incident, Lee said the suspect was shot while he was being subdued.
Both the suspect and the victim were taken to local hospitals. The suspect was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson. Lee said they are both in stable condition. The suspect is expected to be charged once he has been released from the hospital.
The suspect and the victim have not been identified.
The sheriff said his deputies are working to determine what led up to the shooting. They will interview employees at the solar farm.
The solar farm is expected to reopen on Monday, May 22, according to Lee.
EDP Renewables North America owns the solar farm and released the following statement.
EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA) is concerned by today’s incident involving individuals employed by contractors at our Pearl River Solar Park and is focused on ensuring the affected individuals and all site personnel receive the support and resources they need.
EDPR NA is cooperating with appropriate authorities in this investigation and appreciates the efforts of first responders to resolve the situation on-site quickly. The facility has been secured and stabilized, and the construction at Pearl River was shut down following the incident.
Our first priority is the safety of all who work on and around our projects. We will continue to focus fully on protecting the personnel at Pearl River as well as our other projects under construction and in operation.EDPR NA