Players are seen diving for cover, bet, at Raines High School in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday night. The police responded after gunfire on the game.
A shooting at a high school football game in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday night left one person dead and two wounded, the officials said.
The shooting happened about 10 a.m. ET, 15 minutes after the match ended at the Raines high School, where about 4,000 spectators attended the Florida Times Union reported, citing Jacksonville authorities.
About three-quarters of the audience was gone by the time the gunfire began the newspaper.
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The authorities said they had one suspect in custody.
“The best information we have so far is that we are a single black man shooter, and we are working on a more sophisticated description,” Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office director Ron Lendvay said, according to the report.
During the game a number of disturbances and fights took place among the spectators, but Lendvay said that it is still too early to determine whether these clashes were related to the shooting.
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“It was a great game, and for the end of violence, as this is just a pity and, frankly, we need to say unacceptable.”
– School Director Diana Greene
The stadium for the Raines-vs-Lee High School game has been placed on lockdown as security staff worked to keep the remaining fans and players safe, Jacksonville’s WJXT-TV reported.
The names of the victims were not released. The death was reportedly a young adult man and the wounded were teeangers, a boy and a girl, police said.
“It is shocking. I was actually here at the game,” Superintendent Diana Greene told the Times Union. “It was a great game and for the end of violence, as this is just a pity and, frankly, we need to say unacceptable.”
The supervisor said: everyone in the game had to undergo a magnetic detector wand search and that the protection in the game area was tight.
“This is a community problem,” Greene said. “I need the parents, the students to stand up. If you see something, say something.”
“This is evidence that there is a community problem that must be solved, and one of those issues, including access to and use of guns,” Paula Wright, school board member, told the newspaper.
Friday’s shooting, followed by a week of a shooting at a high school football game in Palm Beach County, Florida, where two adults were injured.
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