Two people were injured during a shooting at a high school football game in New Jersey Friday night.
Authorities said that a man and a boy who is about 10 years old were injured during the incident which took place in Pleasantville, New Jersey Friday at about 8.30pm.
The shooting occurred in the Pleasantville side of the bleachers during the third quarter of the football game between Camden High School and Pleasantville High School.
Fans and football players could be seen running for cover when gunfire erupted during the third quarter of a New Jersey high school football game Friday night
Jersey Sports Zone, who was there to cover the game, reported that at least six shots were fired in the stands and that police officers, security guards and emergency personnel were quick to rush to the bleachers.
In video from the game, obtained by 6 ABC, multiple shots can be heard as people in the stands scream and run for cover. Football players and referees, meanwhile, can be seen running away or flattening themselves against the field.
‘We just heard the gunshots, and we just all started running,’ Pleasantville running back Ernest Howard, 17, told the Philadelphia Inquirer, adding that the players ‘didn’t turn back’ as they ran through a hole in the fence to the gym.
The Camden team, meanwhile, was hustled back onto their bus and driven away as soon as possible.
At least six shots could be heard coming from the bleachers. Fans were seen running away and jumping fences to get to safety after the gunfire erupted
Referees and players who were on the field could be seen flattening themselves on the ground
First responders were said to have shown up at the field quickly. They transported a man and a boy, age about 10, to the hospital in serious condition
Authorities can be seen here searching the bleachers for evidence after the game was suspended and the area was secured
Retired Pleasantville Fire Department battalion chief Neal Loch and an athletic trainer attended to the injured boy, who was unconscious and appeared to be bleeding from the neck.
The boy was then flown to the hospital ‘with some serious injuries,’ Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.
The injured man – who is not related to the boy – was also taken to an area hospital in serious condition, although it’s unclear if he was shot.
None of the players or referees were said to have been hurt during the incident, which led to the game being suspended.
Tyner said the investigation is ‘active and ongoing’ and that the football field was shut down and would be combed over by forensics.
Authorities said that a weapon has been found, but that they are still looking for the shooter.
Former Pleasantville athletic director Derek Carrington told the Press of Atlantic City that the gunman ran out of the stands and across the field toward the parking lot.
Tyner told NJ.com that the game was ‘the most well-attended high school football game for this school in years, so there are many witnesses to the incident that are currently being interviewed.’
Hundreds of people were said to have scaled the fences and run towards Pleasantville High School along with the football players.