ATLANTIC COUNTY, NJ — Authorities announced on Wednesday that the Atlantic City boy shot at a Pleasantville High School football game died of his injury at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.
According to the Atlantic County prosecutor’s office, Micah Tennant, 10, was shot in the neck on Friday during the third quarter of a playoff game between Pleasantville and Camden Central Jersey Group II. Six people were arrested in relation to the shooting, one of which is now facing upgraded charges of murder.
“On behalf of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, we would like to express our sincere condolences to the Tennant family on the tragic passing of Micah. Words at this time seem so insufficient to portray the anger and outrage that our community feels regarding his loss,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said in a statement. “However, his spirit will live on in so many people that he inspired. I have directed the charges against Alvin Wyatt be immediately upgraded to Murder. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office will seek to prosecute this matter to the fullest extent of the law,”
Alvin Wyatt, 31, is accused of firing the bullet that killed Tennent and struck one other juvenile and an adult. Wyatt is now facing murder charges, two counts of attempted murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
The intended target Ibn Abdullah, 27, was wounded during the attack. The other juvenile, a 15-year-old boy, was grazed by the bullet on the arm.
Four other men at the game are accused of connection to the shooting and face charges of unlawful possession of a weapon and certain persons not to possess a weapon, according to a press release. The men reportedly fled in a vehicle from Absecon Police and discarded a gun while entering Atlantic City.
Angela Tennant, the mother of Micah Tennant, honored her son’s memory in a Facebook post.
“This kid was so different Big Personality ... Big Smile & Big Dreams! Never in a million years would I think this would be my life,” Angela Tennant wrote. “It’s only by God's Grace & Mercy that I’m standing tall for my boy!”