A high school football game in Miami is interrupted by gunfire, causing the game to be cut short and sending football fans ducking for cover on the bleachers while both teams scurried off the field. With three minutes left in the game between Miami Central and Carol City High at the Nathaniel Traz Powell Stadium, shots were heard on school grounds. Three teen students have since been arrested. No injuries were reported.
Writes The Associated Press on Nov. 21, via MSN News: “Videos show terrified fans in the stands screaming and running to the exits when the gunshots were heard at Friday’s game. Coaches told players to get down on the field. Less than three minutes remained when stadium officials called the game between Miami Central and Miami Carol City high schools. Central beat Carol City 26-8.”
Kaion Lynch, 18, Mark Trimble, 19, and Larico Walker, 18, were arrested and are all currently being held at the Miami-Dade Corrections Facility. The trio were hit with various charges – possession of a firearm on school property, third degree grand theft of a firearm, and the carrying of a concealed weapon.
“It’s Friday night under the lights of Traz Powell and we’re trying to enjoy ourselves and watch these kids and watch them play to better themselves,” said witness Latrell Dennis, according to the Miami Herald. “You’re able to get a gun quicker than anything and that just doesn’t make sense to me. It’s going to take a whole community to get us back where we used to be.”
It’s uncertain what the teens, suspected gangbangers, were shooting at, though reports suggest the teens were simply firing into the air. Miami-Dade School’s spokesman John Schuster said police are questioning several other students.
Carol City coach Aubrey Hill said they have practiced for this type of incident. “We have procedures in place if there’s anything like a fight, a riot or shots fired,” he said. “It did take a little minute to get everything under control. Even though it was an unfortunate event we want to make sure everyone knows that we are all about our kids and we will not be deterred by acts of violence.”
Central coach Roland Smith echoed the same, stating: “You hate to see anything like that happen, but luckily it seems like no one was hurt.”
Adds Miami CBS Local: “The shooting Friday night follows a series of gun violence that’s plagued high school students in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties, including the fourth shooting victim from Miami Northwestern High this school year, Johnny Lubin, Jr., who was killed Wednesday walking home from school.”