Multiple people, including deputy, injured in shooting during event at race track in Fountain

Reporters are on scene in Calhoun County outside the Dollar General on 167. They are at a...
Reporters are on scene in Calhoun County outside the Dollar General on 167. They are at a staging area set up in response reports of an active shooting at the Powerhouse Motorsports Park. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: May. 30, 2020 at 10:36 PM CDT
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UPDATE 6/02/2020 10:00 A.M

Calhoun County Sheriff's deputies say the name of the shooter is Derrick Thompson, 46, from Dothan, Alabama.

Deputies say Thompson got into an altercation with Kendall Kirkland, 23, from Newville, Alabama when Thompson shot Kendall.

Deputies walking by during the altercation say they tried to intervene when Thompson began shooting at them. The deputies say they then shot and killed Thompson on scene.

Deputies say Kirkland died from his injuries over the weekend.


UPDATE 5/31/2020 2:45 P.M.

Calhoun County Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel says the deputy who got shot is in surgery and should be out of surgery Sunday. He got shot right below the knee. He says he is stable.

Officials believe the suspect is the one person found dead. They have not released the name yet and they’re working to find out what started the shooting.

Officials also tell NewsChannel 7 FDLE has taken over as the lead for the investigation and is interviewing the wounded and other witnesses.

Sheriff Kimbrel says the reason for the large gathering is that it was a large, open-air facility instead of somewhere inside and they could fit more people in. He also says they had off-duty deputies working security as well as others.


UPDATE 5/31/2020 12:40 A.M.:

Calhoun County officials say shots were fired at a birthday party around 8:40 p.m. Saturday night.

They say the party was at the Powerhouse Drag Strip and was scheduled to take place between noon and 9 p.m.

Sheriff's officials say they received reports of shots fired and an officer down. Officers from Calhoun County, Bay County, Liberty County, Jackson County, and Washington County Sheriff’s Offices, Florida Wildlife Commission, and the Florida Highway Patrol responded.

According to officials, "The preliminary investigation determined that one Calhoun County Law Enforcement Officer and five civilians were shot."

They say four of the civilians and the law enforcement officer were transported to local hospitals. One of the male civilians was killed.

The incident is under investigation at this time.

In addition, officials say the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office received numerous calls of suspicious activities in the aftermath of the incident.

Officials have not identified a suspect at this time.


UPDATE 5/30/2020 11:13 p.m.:

Family members tell us their brother, Colby Beck, who is a deputy with Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, was shot in the upper leg. They say he was airlifted to a local hospital.

This has not be confirmed with the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office.

UPDATE 5/30/2020 10:40 p.m.:

Multiple people are injured after what appears to be a shooting at the Powerhouse Motor Sports Park in Fountain.

We've been told by witnesses there were multiple people shot, including a law enforcement officer, but we have not been able to confirm that with Calhoun County Sheriff's Deputies.

The road leading up to the race track, Apachee Road, is blocked off while the investigation continues. There is a heavy law enforcement presence in the surrounding area.


We're hearing reports of an active situation at the Powerhouse Motor Sports Park in Fountain.

Calhoun County Sheriff's Officials aren't releasing a lot of details at this time but have told us this is an active situation with multiple injuries.

The Powerhouse Motor Sports Park was hosting an event Saturday night when the situation happened.

This is a developing story and we will continue to update you as we learn more.

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🚨SHOOTING🚨: We have Olivia Michael and Gail Levy WJHG on the scene in Fountain with the latest details on reports of an active shooting at the Powerhouse Motorsport Park.

Posted by WJHG-TV on Saturday, May 30, 2020