A tragic incident unfolded during a high school football game in Choctaw, Oklahoma, on Friday night, resulting in the death of a 16-year-old boy and multiple injuries. The shooting occurred at around 10:30 p.m., with only four minutes remaining in the third quarter of the match between Choctaw High School and Del City High School.
According to Choctaw Police Chief Kelly Marshal, gunshots were fired on the visitor's side of the stadium, causing panic and chaos among the spectators. Four individuals were wounded in the shooting, with at least one of them being a student. Chief Marshal shared during a press conference that one of the victims, a 16-year-old male, was tragically shot in the groin area and succumbed to his injuries. However, authorities have not yet released his name and are currently seeking to speak with his family.
Another victim, a 42-year-old man, suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was rushed to Oklahoma University Trauma, where he underwent extensive surgery. He is now in stable condition and has been transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Del City Police Chief Lloyd Berger revealed that an off-duty Del City police officer, who was stationed on the sidelines, discharged their weapon in response to the gunshots. The involvement of the officer is being investigated by the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office to determine if their bullets struck anyone.
In addition to the two mentioned victims, a young female was treated and released after being shot in the thigh. Two other females, believed to be students, sustained injuries, including broken wrists and a broken leg, as they attempted to flee the area. This tragic incident has shocked the community, prompting the Choctaw Police Department, assisted by the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office and Del City Investigators, to take the lead on the investigation.
During the processing of the crime scene, investigators discovered two firearms and eight rounds. Despite the recovery of these weapons, no suspect is currently in custody. However, law enforcement officials have released a description of a person of interest, described as a tall Black male wearing red sweatpants. The Uvalde Foundation for Kids, a nonprofit organization formed in response to the Uvalde Texas School shooting, is offering a reward for any information leading to the identification and apprehension of the suspect responsible for firing shots at the football game.
National Director Daniel Chapin emphasized the importance of individuals coming forward with any information they may have, stating, "In a stadium filled with spectators and students, someone knows something. Do the right thing and say something." Chief Marshal echoed Chapin's sentiments, urging anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office.
As the investigation continues, the lack of suspects in custody has left the community on edge. The incident has prompted a joint response from Choctaw-Nicoma Park Schools Superintendent David Reid and Mid-Del Schools Superintendent Rick Cobb, who expressed their condolences and stated that both districts are cooperating fully with the police. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by tonight's incident," they said in a joint statement released on Friday. The authorities are urging anyone who witnessed the shooting or possesses any relevant information to come forward and assist in bringing the perpetrator to justice.
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