Friday marked the opening night for football across much of the United States. At one game in South Florida, it set off a moment of terror when shots were fired during the fourth quarter.
As reported from the scene by South Florida sports writer and photographer Luis Gonzalez, shots rang out midway through the fourth quarter of South Plantation’s preseason kickoff classic game at Miami Southridge. Images from the scene showed South Plantation players dropping to the turf and, shortly thereafter, police officers patrolling the parking lots around the stadium wielding assault rifles.
Gonzalez later reported that a number of individuals had been pulled aside for questioning with local police on the scene reporting that no bystanders had been injured and that initial inquiries gave the impression that the incident was a drive-by shooting. The Miami Herald reported that a non-student who was found with a gun is now in custody. The newspaper also reported that a second possible suspect remained at large.
Miami School Board Police are handling the investigation. A spokesperson could not be reached for comment Friday night.
The game was instantly called with Southridge holding a 33-7 lead. As for himself, Gonzalez made it home safely from his reporting assignment.