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Alvin Wyatt, 31, of Atlantic City, has been charged with three counts of attempted murder and two weapons counts in connection with a shooting at a New Jersey High School football game on Friday

Six men have been charged after a shooting at a New Jersey high school football game that critically wounded a 10-year-old boy and sent players and the packed crowd fleeing in panic.

Ibn Abdullah, 27, was the target of the Friday night shooting and was charged because a gun was found on him when emergency responders went to his aid, authorities said. He is in stable condition and will be undergoing surgery.

The 10-year-old remained in critical condition Sunday having been struck in the neck. He is receiving treatment at  Cooper Medical Center, under the care of physicians with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

A 15-year-old boy was treated for a graze wound.

The shooting happened in the stands of a Friday night playoff game between the Camden Panthers and the Pleasantville Greyhounds.

Michael Mack, 27,

Tyrell Dorn, 28,

Michael Mack, 27, left, and Tyrell Dorn, 28, right, all of Atlantic City have been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon 

Shahid Dixon, 27,

Vance Golden, 26,

Shahid Dixon, 27, left, of Atlantic City and Vance Golden, 26, right, of Pleasantville have also been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon

Fans and football players could be seen running for cover when gunfire erupted during the third quarter of a New Jersey high school football game Friday night

Fans and football players could be seen running for cover when gunfire erupted during the third quarter of a New Jersey high school football game Friday night 

Game attendees leave after shots rang out Friday at a Pleasantville-Camden high school football playoff game in Pleasantville, New Jersey

Game attendees leave after shots rang out Friday at a Pleasantville-Camden high school football playoff game in Pleasantville, New Jersey

Authorities said it did not appear that any of the men charged had any connection to the game.

‘Our community will not be held hostage by a few idiots intent on jeopardizing our safety and the safety of our children,’ Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said in a news release.

Tyner said the shooting was ‘petty vengeance against one another.’

Abdullah was the target in the shooting, according to police and has been charged with unlawful possession of a handgun. 

At least six shots could be heard coming from the bleachers. Fans were seen running away and jumping fences to get to safety after the gunfire erupted

At least six shots could be heard coming from the bleachers. Fans were seen running away and jumping fences to get to safety after the gunfire erupted

Referees and players who were on the field could be seen flattening themselves on the ground

Referees and players who were on the field could be seen flattening themselves on the ground 

Alvin Wyatt, 31, of Atlantic City, was charged with three counts of attempted murder and two weapons counts.  He is alleged to have shot Abdullah and the two children.

He was captured on the football field moments after the shooting by a Pleasantville officer who was part of the game´s security detail.

He was was detained at the west end of the endzone, approximately 75 yards from where the shooting took place, as he tried to flee the scene. 

Three other men face weapons charges, and a fourth faces weapons and eluding charges.   

Michael Mack, 27, Tyrell Dorn, 28, Shahid Dixon, 27, all of Atlantic City and Vance Golden, 26, of Pleasantville have been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and certain persons not to possess a weapon.

‘It’s currently under investigation what their connection is with the actual incident that occurred here,’ Pleasantville Police Captain Matt Hartman said at a press conference. 

When the shots rang out, panicked spectators and some of the players knocked down a fence in their haste to escape the field. 

Witnesses said at least half a dozen shots were fired from the bleachers. 

First responders were said to have shown up at the field quickly. They transported a man and a boy, age about 10, to the hospital in serious condition

First responders were said to have shown up at the field quickly. They transported a man and a boy, age about 10, to the hospital in serious condition 

Authorities can be seen here searching the bleachers for evidence after the game was suspended and the area was secured

Authorities can be seen here searching the bleachers for evidence after the game was suspended and the area was secured

Pleasantville police search the stands after the shooting that occurred during a football game

Pleasantville police search the stands after the shooting that occurred during a football game

Some children were separated from their parents, and other parents held children tight to keep them from being run over by those fleeing, according to Jonathan Diego, who was at the game in Pleasantville, right outside Atlantic City.

‘It was mayhem, literally people coming in waves running away,’ said Diego, who helped coach a Pleasantville youth football team involved in a game in which three people were shot and wounded in 2005. All survived. That same team was practicing in 2015 when a spectator was shot but survived.

Diego said his friend, a retired paramedic, gave first aid to the young boy who was shot.  

‘He applied pressure to the little boy’s wounds on his neck, trying to slow down the bleeding until the ambulance could come up,’ Diego said.

Police, firefighters, emergency personnel who were both on and off-duty came to the aid of players, parents, and spectators who ran for cover 

Police investigate the scene after a gunman shot into a crowd of people at Pleasantville High

Police investigate the scene after a gunman shot into a crowd of people at Pleasantville High 

Pleasantville Mayor Jesse L. Tweedle Sr., center right, and Pleasantville Police Chief Sean Riggin, center left, hold a news conference to update the media on what happened

Pleasantville Mayor Jesse L. Tweedle Sr., center right, and Pleasantville Police Chief Sean Riggin, center left, hold a news conference to update the media on what happened

Jersey Sports Zone, who was there to cover the game, reported that at least six shots were fired in the stands and that police officers, security guards and emergency personnel were quick to rush to the bleachers. 

In video from the game, obtained by 6 ABC, multiple shots can be heard as people in the stands scream and run for cover.

On the field, players and referees stop mid-play, look at the stands and then turn and run. Others flattened themselves against the field. 

‘We just heard the gunshots, and we just all started running,’ Pleasantville running back Ernest Howard, 17, told the Philadelphia Inquirer, adding that the players ‘didn’t turn back’ as they ran through a hole in the fence to the gym.  

The Camden team, meanwhile, was hustled back onto their bus and driven away as soon as possible.        

Officials said the game will resume Tuesday at a neutral field, with no spectators allowed.

Pleasantville Mayor Jesse L. Tweedle Sr. holds a news conference after the shooting

Pleasantville Mayor Jesse L. Tweedle Sr. holds a news conference after the shooting

Pleasantville Mayor Jesse L. Tweedle Sr., left and Pleasantville Police Chief Sean Riggin hold a news conference after the shooting that saw players and spectators run for cover on Friday

Pleasantville Mayor Jesse L. Tweedle Sr., left and Pleasantville Police Chief Sean Riggin hold a news conference after the shooting that saw players and spectators run for cover on Friday

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy lamented the violence.

‘Last night was a stark reminder that no community is immune from gun violence, and that we must not ever give up in our efforts to prevent such senseless acts,’ Murphy said Saturday. 

Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G Tyner issued a statement over the weekend Saturday morning:

‘I want to thank the Pleasantville Police Department and the scores of off duty emergency personnel that assisted the victims and helped law enforcement promptly identify and locate those responsible for causing mayhem at the Pleasantville High School football game. Unlike some of the shootings that have occurred on school premises throughout the country, this incident had nothing to do with the students of Pleasantville High School or Camden High School. 

‘The venue simply presented an opportunity for criminals to pursue their own form of petty vengeance against one another. As a result, an innocent child was caught and injured in their crossfire. Our community will not be held hostage by a few idiots intent on jeopardizing our safety and the safety of our children.’  

Tyner told NJ.com that the game was ‘the most well-attended high school football game for this school in years, so there are many witnesses to the incident that are currently being interviewed.’ 

Matt Hartman, Police Captain for the Pleasantville Police Department speaks during a news conference at Pleasantville High School

Matt Hartman, Police Captain for the Pleasantville Police Department speaks during a news conference at Pleasantville High School

Camden High School football players walk down Park Blvd. in Camden, N.J., as they head back to their football field and locker room on Friday night

Camden High School football players walk down Park Blvd. in Camden, N.J., as they head back to their football field and locker room on Friday night



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