Three people have been shot at a high school football match in the United States on Saturday, as local police scramble for answers.
Three people have been shot at a high school football match in Toledo, Ohio on Saturday AEDT, local police have confirmed
Three people have been shot at a high school football match in Toledo, Ohio on Saturday AEDT, local police have confirmed.
Gunshots echoed around the venue at around 9.30pm local time during a football game between Whitmer High School and Central Catholic, prompting spectators in the stands to flee towards the exits.
Footage of the terrifying incident circulated social media on Saturday, showing adults shielding their bodies over children in the stadium.
According to a police report, the victims are Maurice Winfree, 21, of Toledo, Breanna Burwell, 28, of Kissimmee, Fla., and a 17-year-old Whitmer High School student. WTOL 11 does not name underage victims of non-fatal shootings.
All three are expected to make a full recovery.
The shooting happened around 9:50 p.m. during the fourth quarter of the Whitmer-Central Catholic game at Whitmer. More than 12 gunshots were heard at the southwest corner of the stadium near the main entrance.
People in the stands began to take cover and flee.
“We saw adults, children, teens, running away … we didn’t know what was going on,” Jodie Banaszak, a Central Catholic parent whose son was playing on the field at the time of the shooting, said.
Police found several shell casings on the ground behind the field house.
On Friday, police told two suspects “possibly” connected to the shooting were in custody. Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz clarified Saturday that no suspects were in custody, which remains the case as of Monday.
“Currently, we have no one in custody,” TPD public information officer Lt. Paul Davis said. “Detectives are following up on leads, checking surveillance video, interviewing witnesses. If anyone has any information about this incident, we would ask that they call Crime Stoppers.”
Toledo Police have released a photo of the suspect vehicle from the Whitmer High School football shooting that took place on Friday night.
Washington Local Schools later confirmed in a statement that one the victims was a Whitmer High School student.
“An act of violence occurred outside the stadium at tonight’s football game between Central Catholic and Whitmer,” the statement read.
“At this time, we know that three people were shot, including two adults and one Whitmer student and were transported to a local hospital to be treated for their injuries.
“No guests were injured in the evacuation and we could not be prouder of our students, staff, Whitmer fans, and our guests from Central Catholic.
According to The Toledo Blade, two of the victims were taken to ProMedica Toledo Hospital, while the third was rushed to Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center.
A witness told police that two people wearing black ski masks fired the shots, The Toledo Blade reported.
— Jarrett Payton (@paytonsun) October 8, 2022
This was the scene at the Central Catholic-Whitmer game when shots were fired outside the stadium. We’ve confirmed that 3 people have been shot. Conditions are still unknown. A really scary scene. pic.twitter.com/gjBpcacz9a
— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) October 8, 2022
#BREAKING The Central Catholic/Whitmer game has been put on pause following a shooting outside the stadium. From what I can tell, at least one woman has been shot. Stay with @WTOL11Toledo for updates. @JordanStrack pic.twitter.com/wUM0AqFuPG
— H. Tyler Seggerman (@TylerSeggerman) October 8, 2022
“We are deeply saddened that a fun rivalry tonight was disrupted by an act of violence in the streets surrounding our event,” Washington Local Schools superintendent Kadee Anstadt said in a statement.
“What we know at this time is limited, and we will not speculate until further details are known.
“An event like this is every school district’s worst nightmare, and we ask that you keep both Central and Whitmer in your thoughts as we attempt to figure out this atrocious act.”
Police ask that if you have any information call or text crime stoppers at 419-255-1111.
More to come …