CAMDEN - Six people face charges after a Friday night shooting at a football playoff game between Camden High School at Pleasantville High School in Pleasantville, leaving at least three people injured, including a 10-year-old child, prosecutors said.
The sound of “about a half dozen” bullets rang out in the air, the Press of Atlantic City reported, sending players and onlookers running for safety.
The 10-year-old was struck in the neck and is being treated at a Philadelphia hospital, said Pleasantville Police Department public information officer Matthew Hartman at a news conference Saturday. A 15-year-old male suffered a graze wound.
Alvin Wyatt, 31, is facing three counts of attempted murder along with other charges, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said in a statement Saturday. Michael Mack, 27; Tyrell Dorn, 28; Shahid Dixon, 27; and Vance Golden, 26, are facing charges of unlawful possession of a weapon. Dixon is also charged with eluding, the prosecutor noted.
Police said Wyatt fired his weapon in the west end of the Pleasantville High School stands and was quickly arrested by officers who were working security at the game, said Pleasantville Police Chief Sean Riggin.
One of the victims is also being charged in the shooting, Ibn Abdullah, 27, who has been charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, a first-degree crime. Authorities noted he had a prior conviction for first-degree robbery. He is also being charged with certain persons not permitted to possess a handgun. Abdullah is in stable condition and will be undergoing surgery.
CNN noted the shooting occurred just a day after two people were killed and three others were wounded in a shooting at a high school in Santa Clarita, Calif., adding to the panic.