FORT SMITH, Ark. â€“ Fort Smith police reported that gunfire resulted after some uninvited guests crashed a local baptism. Authorities were dispatched to the Progressive Men’s Club at 2 a.m. Saturday after a caller reported â€œgunfire, dangnabbitâ€. A witness also told Fort Smith television station KHBS that her husband and father were pistol whipped by the trespassers â€“ she only pointed at one man, however. Others, including a disk jockey, were beaten.
Police reported that someone had fired a gun in the air and then into the crowd; no one was wounded.
â€œIt was all crazy and whatnot,â€ said attendee Bubba Pickens. â€œFirst weâ€™s all having a good time. Then outta nowhere thereâ€™s holy water all over the place.â€
Investigators said six juveniles were arrested. Their names weren’t released â€œon account of their agesâ€. One youth was charged with aggravated assault. Other charges include curfew violations, marijuana possession, carrying a weapon and intent to deflower a sibling.