A shooting took place on the football field at Pleasantville High School in New Jersey on November 15. Video posted online showed multiple ambulances on the scene after two people were reported shot. On November 20, officials confirmed that one of the victims, Micah, 10, after spending nearly a week in critical care, succumbed to his injuries.
Atlantic County officials said gunshots were fired during Pleasantville High’s Friday night playoff football game against Camden High School. Six men are now facing charges connected to the shooting, including Alvin Wyatt, 31, whose charges have been upgraded to murder since Micah’s death. A Go Fund Me page was set up for Micah, which has already raised over $21K in three days to benefit the boy’s mother, Angela Tennant.
A 15-year-old boy who was grazed by a gunshot, received immediate treatment for his injuries, and was released from the hospital.
Here’s what you need to know about the Pleasantville High School shooting…
1. The Intended Target Of The Shooting Is Also Being Charged, Along With 5 Other Suspects
The intended target of the shooting, Ibn Abdullah, 27, was wounded, but remains in stable condition, and will be undergoing surgery at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. Police said that Abdullah’s been charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, which is a first degree crime since he has a prior conviction for robbery, and is not permitted to possess a handgun.
Atlantic City prosecutor Alvin Tyner said Wyatt was charged with three counts of attempted murder and two weapons counts. Wyatt was captured in the end zone moments after the shooting by a Pleasantville officer. The three other men allegedly involved, Vance Golden, 26, Tyrell Dorn, 28, and Michael Mack, 27, are all facing weapons charges. Shahid Dixon, 27, faces weapon charges and eluding charges.
2. Video From the Pleasantville Football Game Shooting Went Viral
Video of the terrifying scene at the high school football game was shared online. Viewers can see people running away, while others simply lied down flat on the ground.
The game kicked off at 7 p.m. ET, and Camden was leading Pleasantville 6-0 with 4 minutes, 58 seconds left in the third quarter when the gunfire erupted. Details of the reported gunman have not been released, and it’s unknown how many people were left injured. Game play was immediately suspended.
On the evening of the shooting, Atlantic County officials said a young boy, later identified as Micah, was shot while sitting in the stands, and was taken by emergency crews to an area hospital, a second person was also reported injured. Journalist Mike Franklin tweeted that Coach Chris Sacco that none of the players were shot.
New Jersey High School news reporter Kevin Minnick tweeted that he heard at least half a dozen shots go off, and continued to share live video from football field, in which ambulances were seen driving off with their lights flashing. Frankel tweeted, “It should be noted there were at least a dozen police officers working the game. And an ambulance on stand by, as per protocol for football. So whatever could be done for the victims was done in a matter of minutes.”
3. Police Quickly Arrived On the Scene & Shut Down Traffic Around Pleasantville High
Pleasantville High School is located at 701 Mill Road. Atlantic City 911 tweeted out for locals to avoid the area while police investigate. The two teams were playing on Pleasantville’s home field as they were the No. 1 seed playing against Camden, who was ranked fourth.
Pleasantville High School is located seven miles away from Atlantic City, New Jersey. At around 9:40 p.m .ET, the football field was fully cleared out. Police said the suspect’s weapon was found at the scene.
4. Witnesses Describe The Chaos At the Game After Gunshots Broke Out: ‘All My Teammates Were Crying’
Pleasantville football player Fernando Flores, 18, “I was going to go in for defense… but then I just started running with all my teammates, but then I hurt my leg, and then as soon as I got to the gym, all my teammates were crying.”
Ernest Holland, 17, who was at the game told reporter Amy S. Rosenberg, “We heard the gunshots and and jumped through fence and tried to run inside the gym.” Holland said that he didn’t turn around, and didn’t personally see anyone get shot.
5. Pleasantville High School Shooting Comes Two Days After The Saugus High School Shooting
On November 14, at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, became the scene of a school shooting which left at least two people dead. Six people, including the gunman, were shot. The suspect has been named as 16-year-old Nathaniel Berhow, who died at the hospital about 3:30 p.m. on Friday, authorities said. He had been hospitalized in “grave condition” after the shooting.