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A gunman opened fire at a New Jersey school soccer game, injuring two people


WAYNE PARRY Associated Press

November 16, 2019 at 2:19 pm

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A gunman opened fire on a New Jersey school football game, injuring two people and causing chaos as fans and players scrambled frantically for cover.

One of the injured on Friday night was a boy who was flown to a children's hospital in Philadelphia "with serious injuries," Atlantic County prosecutor Damon Tyner said. The other was a man.

Panicked spectators and some of the players threw down a fence in a hurry to escape the boundaries of the field. Some children were separated from their parents and others kept babies and small children tight to prevent them from being run over by those on the run, according to Jonathan Diego, who was playing at Pleasantville, near Atlantic City.

"It was chaos, literally, people coming in waves fleeing," said Diego, who helped coach a Pleasantville youth soccer team involved in a game in which three people were shot and wounded in 2005. All survived. That same team was practicing in 2015, when a bystander was shot but survived.

Friday's shooting took place around 8:30 pm during the third quarter of a playoff game between Camden Panthers and Pleasantville Greyhounds. The stands were packed to watch the Greyhounds, who won their first division title in 43 years this season.

Authorities did not identify victims of the shooting or disclose information about their condition and say they were both alive several hours after the shooting.

No one had been arrested on Friday, and officials were investigating whether more than one gunman could be involved.

Diego said his friend, a retired paramedic, gave first aid to a boy who was shot.

"He put pressure on the little boy's wounds on his neck, trying to slow the bleeding down until the ambulance went up," Diego said.

The injured boy was flown by helicopter to Philadelphia Children's Hospital. The adult victim was taken to the AtlanticCare Regional Medical Center near Atlantic City.

Associated Press videos show people falling to the ground, running from the stands and jumping over wire fences when gunshots sound. At least six shots are heard in a Jersey Sports Zone video, which also shows players stopping mid-game, looking into the stands and then turning and running.

At a news conference, Tyner referred to a shooting on Thursday at a Southern California school where a 16-year-old boy killed two students and injured three others. The shooter died on Friday.


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