Player’s Father Shoots Youth Coach Over Playing Time

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A youth coach was shot by the father of one of his players after a disagreement about playing time during a weekend basketball tournament.

The disagreement happened in the parking lot of the Cedar Point Sports Center in Sandusky, Ohio.

The suspect, Mario J. Lacy Sr. from Euclid, Ohio, is being held at the Erie County Jail. He’s facing attempted murder charges. The victim’s condition is unknown.

After the shooting, Lacy drove away from the scene and people were able to locate the car he was driving awhile later.

Sandusky police told the local ABC affiliate that it was unusual to receive a call from the Cedar Point Sports Complex.

“Since the complex has been open it’s the first call we’ve ever received from there for this type of situation. There’s normally never trouble at this place,” said Det. Sgt. Kevin Youskievicz. “People are there for athletic events to celebrate their kids playing either basketball or volleyball. We’ve never had problems like this before.”

Witnesses said the scene was chaotic.

“We were getting trampled, falling down, everything... not knowing what’s going on,” said James Cammon, a parent of one of the players. “Plus all the shootings you hear that’s going on... people were like pure panic.”

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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