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Crowd struck by birdshot in weekend disturbance

The Barton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred early Sunday in rural Claflin. Sheriff Brian Bellendir said at least four persons were struck by birdshot, although no one was seriously injured.

BCSO deputies were dispatched at about 2:45 a.m. to 1535 NE 100 Road after 911 dispatch received a report of shots fired at a group of people at the Dylan Prosser residence.

“Initial investigation indicates there was a disturbance at the residence during a social gathering. During the course of the disturbance, at least one round from a handgun was fired into the air. The suspects firing the weapon left the area (but) they returned a short time later. It was at this point an occupant of the vehicle fired a shotgun round into the crowd,” Bellendir stated in a news release. “At least four persons were struck by birdshot, none were seriously wounded. The suspect vehicle again fled from the scene.”

The Sheriff’s Office has the incident under investigation and has identified possible suspects, Bellendir said. Arrests are pending further investigation.