Saturday night sees shots fired near UM campus, fight at The Lyric

Published 10:30 am Monday, September 17, 2018

Two Saturday night incidents left members of the Oxford Police Department on high alert.

At approximately 7:40 p.m. Saturday, shots were fired near the University of Mississippi campus off Hathorn Road. Both OPD and the University Police Department responded to the scene, and according to Capt. Hildon Sessums, no one was injured.

OPD and UPD arrived on the scene about 10 minutes before UPD sent out a RebAlert to students, many of whom were still at the Ole Miss football game, to avoid the area.

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“On Hathorn, nobody was injured and we got a couple of leads we’re following up with at this time,” Sessums said. “We’re unsure of how it got started, or if it was random. We just don’t know yet. We had a pretty good perimeter set up, but there’s a lot of woods back through there.”

Following the Ole Miss game, officers were making their way down to the Square to patrol when they received another call, this time for a fight at The Lyric Oxford.

Several social media reports claimed shots were fired there, similar to an April incident at a private function. However, Sessums said there is no evidence to suggest a gun was involved this time. The biggest issue, he said, was managing the crowd as they ran out of the building and down Van Buren Avenue.

“All it was was a fight inside The Lyric and people ran out. You know how rumors start, one person puts it on social media and it’s gospel,” Sessums said. “It just so happened that we broke our traffic pattern right before that, and we were sending officers up to the Square, so we had extra manpower up there.”

Investigations for both incidents, which are not believed to be linked at this time, are still open. Those with information regarding the shots fired on Hathorn Road or the fight at The Lyric are encouraged to call OPD at 662-232-2400.