On Friday evening, a 16-year-old male died after a shooting at a high school football game in Choctaw, Oklahoma, and at least three others were injured, according to a Saturday statement from local police.
The victim was not a student at either school competing in the game, Choctaw High School or Del City High School, according to Choctaw Police Chief Kelly Marshall.
It was unclear if the victim died at the scene or the hospital. There have been no arrests made, but police say there is a person of interest in the case.
“It is believed an argument started between at least two males which led to the shooting,” Marshall said, per The Associated Press. “Two guns and eight rounds were recovered at the scene.”
Gunfire was heard around 10:15 p.m. on Friday evening at Bill Jensen Field at Choctaw High School, prompting players and fans both to run for safety.
A 42-year-old male, who underwent surgery for a gunshot wound near his chest, is in stable condition at a nearby University of Oklahoma hospital, according to KFOR. Additionally, a “young female” was treated for a wound in her thigh and released.
Two others who fled the scene also suffered broken bones, per Marshall.
“Last night’s event in Choctaw is tragic,” Oklahoma state superintendent Ryan Walters said in a statement in the wake of the shooting. “Violence of any kind has no place at our school events, and anyone who would threaten our kids must be brought swiftly to justice.”
Two off-duty Del City officers, who were providing security for the team, were present at the time of the shooting, and one fired his weapon, Del City Police Chief Loyd Berger said.
“Let me be clear, violence will not be tolerated in Oklahoma. I am deeply thankful to the Choctaw and Del City officers who responded quickly and saved lives,” Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said in a statement. “My office is in contact with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and Choctaw law enforcement and we’re monitoring the situation.”
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