TAFT, Okla. (KFOR) — UPDATE: The Oklahoma Office of State Medical Examiner has positively identified the victim in the May 29, 2022 shooting in Taft as Sharika Bowler, 39.

Bowler was killed when gunfire erupted during an annual Memorial Day festival in Taft. Witnesses tell the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation that there was an argument before the gunfire. Seven others ranging in age from 9 to 56 were injured but did not sustain serious injuries.


TAFT, Okla. (KFOR) — UPDATE: Authorities announced an arrest warrant was issued for 26-year-old Skyler Buckner, who turned himself in at the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office at 4:05 p.m. on Sunday.

Officials also clarified that only one juvenile was injured in the shooting as an earlier report stated there were two injured.


TAFT, Okla. (KFOR) — Multiple people were shot and injured at an outdoor event in Taft, Oklahoma, early Sunday morning, authorities say.

According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, at least 1,500 people were in attendance at the annual Memorial Day outdoor festival in the Old City Square.

Witnesses told police that an argument started just after midnight and shots were fired.

In total, eight people were shot, authorities say. One person has died and seven others were injured, including two juveniles.

Bullet holes in the Country Queen food truck at the scene of a fatal shooting that happened at a Memorial Day event in Taft, Okla., on Sunday, May 29, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)

The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office had deputies at the event already and immediately rendered aid to the victims, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

As of Sunday afternoon, there were no suspects in custody. Anyone who attended the event and witnessed the shooting is urged to contact the OSBI at (800) 522-8017 or email tips@osbi.gov. The agency says you can remain anonymous.