Two adults shot at high school football game in Florida: reports

Gunfire erupted at a Florida high school Friday night during a football game, multiple reports said.


Two adults were shot and killed during a practice football game on a Florida high school, Friday night, prompting an evacuation of the stadium, multiple reports said.

The severity of the injuries was not immediately known.

PBSO Dispatch received multiple calls of shots fired in the 8400 block of Forest Hill Blvd, OJ Central High School. Deputies arrived on the scene and are currently gathering more information. We do not believe that this is an active shooter incident.

More info to come.

— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) August 18, 2018

Authorities received multiple calls of shots” in Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington, according to a tweet from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, which added that it does not seem to be “an active shooter incident.”

Officials said they did not have anyone in custody as of late Friday night.

Earlier reports that a group of students “got into an altercation” that escalated and led to the photos, Teri Barbera, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, told the Palm Beach Post, but they said that was not the case.

Large presence of the police, now in Palm Beach Central. The police armed with rifles are running, and everyone is still climbing to get out.

— Ryan DiPentima (@Ryan_DiPentima) August 18, 2018

The motive for the shooting is not immediately known, but Barbera said that it was not “a random act of violence,” the Post reported.

Im on the Dwyer-Palm Beach Central football game at Palm Beach Central. Everyone just went away from the field and the stands. There is something going on. Police responding. People are reporting three shots heard.

— Ryan DiPentima (@Ryan_DiPentima) August 18, 2018

Witnesses said the stands were full during the fourth quarter of the preseason game between the Palm Beach Central William T. Dwyer high schools in the hearing of the shots.

A helicopter lands on the field and a man is treated on the track at Palm Beach Central.

— Ryan DiPentima (@Ryan_DiPentima) August 18, 2018

A helicopter lands in Palm Beach Central

— Ryan DiPentima (@Ryan_DiPentima) August 18, 2018

It was not immediately clear whether the shots were fired in or in the vicinity of the stadium — although at least one witness claimed to know where the shooting started.

“We heard four pops. It was under the tape is on the south side of the bleachers,” Lynn Monnette, who attended the game, told the Post. “… (S)cover were flying everywhere. Personal belongings. And the people were screaming and running.”

Law enforcement began receiving reports of gunfire around 9:15 pm, Barbera told the Sun-Sentinel.

The attendees were quickly evacuated from the area, WPEC-TV of West Palm Beach reported.

A reporter for the Palm Beach Post, which seemed to be on the game, tweeted that there was a “large police presence” at the school and law enforcement officials on the scene were “armed with guns.”

“Everyone just went away from the field and the stands,” reporter Ryan DiPentima tweeted. “There is something going on. Police responding. People are reporting three shots heard.”

A helicopter arrived on the scene “and a man is treated on the job,” he said.

“It’s terrible,” Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig told the Post. “Now we are just trying to make the most of the information that we can.”

The names of the two people shot have not been released.

This is a development of the story. Come back regularly for updates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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