Man, juvenile shot at New Jersey high school football game

  • Police investigate the scene after a gunman shot into a crowd of people during a football game at Pleasantville High School in Pleasantville, N.J., Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Players and spectators ran for cover Friday night when a gunman opened fire at the New Jersey high school football game. (Edward Lea/The Press of Atlantic City via AP) Edward Lea

  • Pleasantville police search the stands after a shooting during a football game at Pleasantville High School in Pleasantville, N.J., Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Players and spectators ran for cover Friday night when a gunman opened fire at the New Jersey high school football game. (Edward Lea/The Press of Atlantic City via AP) Edward Lea

  • Police investigate the scene after a gunman shot into a crowd of people during a football game at Pleasantville High School in Pleasantville, N.J., Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Players and spectators ran for cover Friday night when a gunman opened fire at the New Jersey high school football game. (Ahmad Austin/The Press of Atlantic City via AP) Ahmad Austin

  • Game attendees leave after shots rang out Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at a Pleasantville-Camden high school football playoff game in Pleasantville, NJ. Pleasantville Police Captain Matt Hartman says someone opened fire at Pleasantville High School on Friday night during a home game against Camden High School. The Press of Atlantic City reports at least two people were wounded when a shooter fired a gun about a half dozen times in the stands filled with spectators.(Ahmad Austin/The Press of Atlantic City via AP) Ahmad Austin

  • Pleasantville Mayor Jesse L. Tweedle Sr., center right, and Pleasantville Police Chief Sean Riggin, center left, hold a news conference after a shooting that occurred during a football game at Pleasantville High School in Pleasantville, N.J., Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Players and spectators ran for cover Friday night when a gunman opened fire at the New Jersey high school football game. (Edward Lea/The Press of Atlantic City via AP) Edward Lea

  • Pleasantville Mayor Jesse L. Tweedle Sr., left and Pleasantville Police Chief Sean Riggin hold a news conference after a shooting that occurred during a football game at Pleasantville High School in Pleasantville, N.J., Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Players and spectators ran for cover Friday night when a gunman opened fire at the New Jersey high school football game. (Edward Lea/The Press of Atlantic City via AP) Edward Lea

  • Pleasantville Mayor Jesse L. Tweedle Sr. holds a news conference after a shooting during a football game at Pleasantville High School in Pleasantville, N.J., Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Players and spectators ran for cover Friday night when a gunman opened fire at the New Jersey high school football game. (Edward Lea/The Press of Atlantic City via AP) Edward Lea

Associated Press
Published: 11/15/2019 11:48:13 PM
Modified: 11/15/2019 11:48:00 PM

PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. — Players and spectators ran for cover Friday night when a gunman opened fire at a New Jersey high school football game, wounding two people.

A man and a juvenile were seriously injured after a gunman shot into a crowd of people who sat in the bleachers at Pleasantville High School, said Pleasantville Police Chief Sean Riggins.

The shooting happened about 8:30 p.m. during a playoff game between the Camden Panthers and the Pleasantville Greyhounds, Riggins said. Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner told The Associated Press the shooting took place on the Pleasantville side of the bleachers.

Riggins did not identify the man and the juvenile who were shot, but said they are working with their families to make sure they receive the medical attention. Riggins said they are both still alive. Tyner said the male child was flown to a children’s hospital in Philadelphia.

Earlier reports from local media had said an unidentified woman was carried out the stands on a stretcher and onto the field by paramedics while they waited for another ambulance to arrive.

“We are receiving information regarding exactly what happened and who is involved however obviously this is an ongoing investigation and at this time we are not prepared to release any information on that,” Riggins said during a short news conference following the shooting.

A statement from the Camden City School District said no Camden High School students “were injured or otherwise harmed.”

Pleasantville is about seven miles southeast of Atlantic City.

Videos posted to Twitter show people hitting the ground, running from the bleachers and jumping over chain-link fences as the gunfire erupted. At lease six gunshots are audible in a video posted by Jersey Sports Zone, which also shows players stop mid-play, look at the stands and then turn and run

“I heard the gunshots,” Pleasantville football player Ernest Howard, 17, said in a Twitter clip posted by a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter. “We started all running for this fence and tried to run inside the gym.”


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