Police have indicted five men in connection with a shooting at a New Jersey high school football game that wounded one adult and two minors.
The shooting occurred Friday during a game between Camden and Pleasantville high schools in Pleasantville, CNN affiliate WPVI-TV announced. It began at the finish of the third quarter.
At a Saturday midday press conference, police recognized the adult victim as Ibn Abdullah, 27, of Atlantic City. He was in stable condition and set to undergo an operation. A 10-year-old was in a critical state. A 15-year-old boy was discharged from the hospital after being treated for a graze injury.
“Not like any of the firings that have happened on schoolhouse premises everywhere the country, this event had nothing to do with the students of Pleasantville High School or Camden High School. The venue just gave an opportunity for criminals to seek their own form of petty vengeance against one another,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said in a comment.
“As a result, an innocent child was caught and wounded in their crossfire. Our city will not be taken hostage by some idiots intent on jeopardizing our safety and the safety of our children.”
Some Pleasantville players told CNN affiliate KYW-TV they initially thought the gunshots were fireworks, but once they understood what the sounds were, they ran through a fence.
“We simply observed everybody from the mob running,” Keon Henry, a senior, told KYW.
“Coach was saying us get down, but we didn’t want to get down. We required to get somewhere safe inside the school, so we all ran up here, ran within the fence and then went through here.”
Video from WPVI records football players and attendees scrambling later shots rang out. People could be seen jumping fences, diving under bleachers and lying down on the field as the chaos revealed.
Police Chief Sean Riggin said many police officers and administrators were at the game but he did not give additional details.
Alvin Wyatt, 31, of Atlantic City, is filled with three counts of attempted murder and weapons charges, Tyner’s remark said. 4 other men who visited the game were filled with unlicensed possession of a weapon and different weapons charges, the comment says. They are Michael Mack, 27, Tyrell Dorn, 28, Shahid Dixon, 27, all of Atlantic City, and Vance Golden, 26, of Pleasantville. Dixon was also filled with eluding.
Later the shootings, the four men fled in a vehicle from the Absecon police department into Atlantic City, the prosecutor’s office said in a press statement. One of the riders threw a gun out of the wheels while entering Atlantic City.
Abdullah also had a gun at the match, police said, and was filled with the same two weapons charges.