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. The incident left 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.
In the aftermath of the shooting, Larry White, executive director of the NJSIAA (New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association), issued the following statement:
“Our thoughts are with all those impacted by the Friday evening shooting in Pleasantville, where a scholastic football game was being played between Pleasantville High School and Camden High School. We are extremely appreciative of law enforcement officers, school administrators and educators, and members of both communities for their support during and in the aftermath of this incident.
“After discussions with administrators and coaches from both schools, as well as with law enforcement officials, the decision has been made to complete the game on Wednesday, November 20, at a neutral site that will be closed to the public. Utilizing a neutral, closed site will enable student-athletes to conclude their game without outside distraction.
“To be clear, the decision to complete the approximately 17 minutes remaining in this game was made by both schools. It was based not on any desire for an athletic championship, but to provide closure and send a powerful message that acts of violence and those who perpetrate them will not win. The outcome of this game will be decided where it should be – on the playing field.
“I’m humbled by the courage of our student-athletes; no matter what the scoreboard says, they all are winners. Echoing comments made by Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner, ‘Our community will not be held hostage.’”
-- Larry White, executive director, NJSIAA (New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association)
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.