PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. – Two people were hurt, including a young boy, when shooting erupted Friday night at a high school football playoff game between high schools from Camden and Pleasantville, authorities said.
Pleasantville Police Chief Sean Riggin, said two people he described as “one young juvenile and one adult male” were “seriously injured,” but were alive “at this moment,” according to a Twitter video posted by CBS3.
He said the gunfire erupted at 8:29 p.m. and noted that “numerous” Pleasantville High School administrators and Pleasantville Police were already at the game.
The incident is under investigation by Pleasantville police and the Atlantic City Prosecutor’s Office.
Prosecutor Damon Tyner would not comment on the victims’ ages or identities, other than to say one adult male and a male child were struck, according to videos posted by multiple news outlets on social media.
The child was flown to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with “serious injuries,” Tyner said.
Camden School District spokeswoman Alisha Brown said shortly after 9 p.m. that all Camden High school players and students were “safe on the bus and are headed home.”
“For that, we have to thank our staff for acting quickly to make sure everyone remained safe,” she said.
She said the gunfire erupted on the Pleasantville side of the field.
In a video taken at the time of the incident, six shots can be heard during a punt on the field.
The video, tweeted by Jersey Sports Zone, shows a referee running from the field, while fans scramble out of the stands.
In a statement issued later Friday, the Camden district confirmed no city students “were injured or otherwise harmed during the incident.”
“A very special thank you to our coaches, faculty, and staff who were onsite and acted quickly to ensure the safety of all our students. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pleasantville community in the wake of this unfortunate event,” it said.
Photographer April Saul, a past Courier-Post contributor who chronicles Camden in her Facebook Camden NJ: A Spirit Invincible page, was at the game.
“Everyone ran for cover; the place went crazy,” said Saul, who was shaken as she made her way home.
Ryan Rothstein, an on-air host for 97.3 ESPN, said in a Twitter post that he was close to the gunfire.
“So luckily I am safe. One of my best friends is the D coordinator for Pleasantville. The gunman was 5 yards to my left. And I watched an 8 year old kid bleed out in front of me … I hit the deck and stayed down for 5 minutes, it felt like a lifetime. Wow.”