Son of suspect in Camp Shelby incident: ‘He does it for fun’

PERRY COUNTY, MS (WHLT) – The son of the man who was arrested for reports of gunshots near Camp Shelby says it was all just a prank.

Alfred Baria, 61, is still awaiting his bond hearing for the charges he picked up in relation to the incidents on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Officials say he disturbed the peace by what he says was just him backfiring his truck on purpose.

“He just got the truck a couple of months ago and found out he could do it…It’s just something he does for fun while he’s going to pick up supplies…He just makes his truck backfire. He didn’t know any of the other shootings at the others camps so he probably wouldn’t have done it if he knew because we don’t watch the news or anything,” said Alfred Baria Jr., Baria’s son.

On Wednesday, we learned the soldiers who reported hearing sounds of gunshots during training at Camp Shelby did not see a gun when the driver of a maroon pick up sped off.

After he was arrested on Highway 29 Wednesday, Baria was not only charged for disturbing the peace, he was also charged for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Those guns were not found in his truck, they were found at his home during the investigation.

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