The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is investigating reports that someone fired gunshots outside U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s home in Brookhaven, Miss., on Sunday afternoon. No injuries have been reported.
After this story first published, Hyde-Smith’s office released the following statement: “An incident involving a shooting occurred near the home of Senator Hyde-Smith early Sunday afternoon. The Senator and her family were not harmed,” the statement said. “Senator Hyde-Smith is grateful for the concern shown by many and the good work of federal, state, and local law enforcement.”
After rumors about gunshots at the house emerged Sunday, the Mississippi Free Press contacted the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, where an official said to call back Monday morning. But when asked for details about the alleged shooting at Hyde-Smith’s home this morning, the sheriff’s office would only say MBI is now handling the case.
The Mississippi Free Press was not able to get in touch with anyone at MBI despite multiple attempts.
SuperTalk reported that members of Hyde-Smith’s family were arriving home from church when they heard the gunshots around 12:45 p.m. Sunday and that a gun and shell casings were found outside the house. The Mississippi Free Press has not been able to confirm these reports.
It is not clear whether Hyde-Smith was at her home at the time. The senator’s office did not responded to multiple calls since Sunday.