Gunshots fired outside high school football game in St. Louis

Gunshots fired outside high school football game in St. Louis

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Gunshots fired outside high school football game in St. Louis

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Gunshots interrupted play after the second-half kickoff of the game in St. Louis between Vashon STEM and Gateway on Friday night. The game was played at Sumner High.

Players and coaches on both teams and fans all hit the ground when the shots were heard. St. Louis Police were unable to identify where the shots were coming from. No one inside the stadium was injured.

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, witnesses said about seven shots were fired. Police circled the stadium after the shots and determined they came from a nearby street.

“It’s a fact of life over here,” Vashon coach Reginald Ferguson told the Post-Dispatch. “If they got the situation isolated, then we were fine. I was fine, and (Gateway coach Jason Dulick) was, too. That’s one of the things that happens around here sometimes.”

Police do not believe the shots were intended for anyone at the game and told TEGNA partner KSDK that the shooting was a possible gun battle between the occupants of two cars.

Police told the Post-Dispatch that a man in his 20s was found in a car about a mile and a half from the stadium with a gunshot wound behind his ear. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

After a brief delay, the coaches and officials went to midfield and decided to resume play. Gateway won the game 20-14 to move to 7-0 on the season.

 

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