California football team waited in locker room after fatal shooting nearby Tuesday

California football team waited in locker room after fatal shooting nearby Tuesday

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California football team waited in locker room after fatal shooting nearby Tuesday

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A California high school football team had to head to its locker room before practice began Tuesday after a shooting occurred nearby.

Banning (Wilmington, Calif.) football players had just finished film study and lifting weights and were lining up on the field when head coach John Aponte received a phone call.

“We got the call to lock down,” Aponte told the Los Angeles Times.

Aponte took his players to the locker room, where they waited over an hour for the all-clear message.

According to KABC, Richard Tafoya, 18, was killed and two other teens were wounded in the shooting that happened near the baseball field just outside of the Banning campus at around 3:12 p.m. on Tuesday. Two of the victims are students at Banning, while one is a former student.

Family members acknowledged that Tafoya was a member of a gang. A suspect was arrested Wednesday morning.

“I’ve got some kids who knew the young man who’s no longer with us,” Apont told the Times. “As a Marine, it’s tough because the mission must go on.”

Asked what he tells his players, Aponte said, “You go home. You tell your parents you love them and you come out the next day and keep living. That’s how you fight terror.”

The Pilots (7-1) host Gardena Friday night.

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