In the last period of a high school football game in Utica on Saturday, a security guard was shot in the back of the head while attempting to break up an altercation.
Just after 4:00 p.m., shots started to fly Thomas R. Proctor High School parking lot, according to the local police force.
A dozen or so individuals were fighting on the pavement until least two bullets were fired, as seen on surveillance footage of the incident.
One of the two security guards who tried to divide the combatants fell to the ground after being hit by a gunshot that was whizzing through the air.
He was taken to the hospital in an emergency and is still there.
Just prior to the shooting, an officer of the school’s law enforcement had turned the violent gang away from the varsity game versus nearby Binghamton High School, stated Utica Police Chief Mark Williams.
Metal detectors are installed in the stadium, but the guard sent the group away before he was made aware of the firearm.
According to police, a lone gunman who is still at large is to blame for the increase in violence.
Although police have not yet determined a cause for the altercation, they have speculated that it might be gang-related.
High School Football Game Shootings Rock Louisiana and Oklahoma
One week ago, at a football game between two high school teams in Lousiana, a shooting that broke out during halftime resulted in the death of a student and the injury of an adult woman.
Authorities detained an 18-year-old guy for allegedly pulling the trigger, but they withheld information about the circumstances that led to the fatal act.
The same tragic outcome befell a 16-year-old last month when he was shot by gunfire that flew from the stands during an Oklahoma football game.
The shocking moment when shooting started, sending players and spectators running for cover, is captured on a shocking video.
Source: New York Post