Duma police chief Keith Fitz said the death toll had risen, but said it was not immediately clear how many children were injured.
One person was in custody, although there may have been several gunmen, Finch told reporters.
The state troops were sent around 7:25 p.m. in the Duma, about 144 miles south of Little Rock, after reports of gunfire outside a local car dealership where the car show was taking place, Arkansas Police spokesman Bill Sandler said.
The car show is part of a community fundraiser every spring for scholarships and school supplies, according to the Delta Neighborhood Youth Organization website.
Wallace McGehee, the organizer of the car show, expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and to the community.
“For something like this to happen, it’s a tragedy,” McGehee told KATV on stage. “We’ve been doing this here for 16 years without a problem.”
Chris Jones, the Democratic nominee for governor of Arkansas, wrote on Twitter that he had attended the event earlier Saturday, recording voters and enjoying “a positive family atmosphere.”
“I’m deeply saddened (and genuinely angry) by this tragedy,” Jones said in a statement.
Additional information, including the condition of the injured, was not immediately available.
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