A high school football game in Alabama descended into pandemonium and chaos on Friday night when four people were shot and wounded.
The shooting occurred shortly before 10pm at during the Vigor versus Williamson football game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, leaving one critically injured and three others with less serious injuries.
The shots rang out just outside an exit to the stadium with 5:49 left in the game, sending players diving for cover on the field and spectators fleeing from the stands in fear for their lives.
Mobile Police Chief Paul Prine told reporters that two of the victims are children, according to WPMI-TV. Three are males, and one is female.
Vigor High School football players dive for cover as shots ring out during a game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama on Friday night
The shots rang out just outside an exit to the stadium with 5:49 left in the game, sending players diving for cover on the field and spectators fleeing from the stands
Two black male suspects fled the scene in a while sedan and are still at large, investigators say.
Cops say there may have been several people involved, but likely only one shooter.
Police believe five to seven shots were fired, and they have recovered four shell casings so far.
The motive of the shooting remains unclear, but Chief Prine said police do not believe the general public is in immediate danger.
Play was suspended with unbeaten Vigor up 28-12 at the time of the shooting. The game’s conclusion to likely be played Monday at an as yet undetermined location.
Williamson Coach Melvin Pete Jr said that he was not concerned about the score of the game in light of the tragic shooting.
Players run on the field following gunshots during the Vigor versus Williamson football game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama
Cops say there may have been several people involved, but likely only one shooter
The motive of the shooting remains unclear and the gunman is at large, but Chief Prine said police do not believe the general public is in immediate danger
‘It’s sad because of just our communities will suffer after things like this,’ Pete told AL.com.
Vigor Coach John McKenzie told the outlet: ‘These things happen and what can you do?’
Deangelo Parnell, 19, was charged in a prior shooting at the stadium in 2019
‘We’ve got to be an example and change these kid’s lives that many are out here raising themselves,’ he added.
It is not the first shooting to rock Ladd-Peebles Stadium during a game.
In August 2019, a 17-year-old student opened fire at the stadium and wounded nine people.
The victims’ ages in that shooting ranged from 15 to 47, according to authorities.
Deangelo Parnell, now 19, was charged with nine counts of attempted murder.
He has pleaded not guilty, and was this year denied youthful offender status by a judge.
The incident prompted the Mobile County Public School System to tighten security at its football games.