A shooting at a New Jersey high school football game, Friday night, has left a 10-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy, wounded and others terrified. Six men have been charged for the incident. Ibn Abdullah, 27, was the target of a "petty" argument, said Atlantic County Prosecutor, Damon Tyner. Abdullah and other men decided to pull out their weapons: guns, in the midst of the football game, sending the crowd into a frenzy.
When shots were fired, 6 to be exact, the players frantically knocked down a fence in an attempt to try to escape, others panicked and ran every-which-way, losing track of children. Some parents held their children closely to protect them from being traumatized. Everyone, fortunately, survived the event. However, a 10-year-old boy was critically wounded. Another boy, 15-years-old, was treated for a graze wound and is doing fine. Everyone, though, was left to heal their mental and emotional traumas for themselves.
Tyner said to KCRG.com, ABC 9 News, "Our community will not be held hostage by a few idiots' intent on jeopardizing our safety and the safety of our children." The channel reported, "Alvin Wyatt, 31, of Atlantic City, was charged with three counts of attempted murder and two weapons counts." The man was caught by security, on the field, after the shooting. The other men involved in this alarming affair are facing similar charges as well.
No one really knows as to why the fight broke out that night. It is suspected, though, that it had nothing to do with the high school football game. It is clear that these men did not care for others' safety, and acted without hesitation. Being that the game was disrupted by this act. It will resume on Tuesday at a different field, where no spectators are allowed, in lieu of the event. New Jersey's Governor Phil Murphy reminded everyone that gun violence has become out-of-control. It is essential that everyone be aware of these "senseless acts" in efforts to prevent them, because no city is exempt from these horrific crimes.