Six individuals have been charged in the shooting that sent spectators and players scurrying for cover at a high school football game Friday night in Pleasantville, N.J.
Around a half-dozen gun shots interrupted the third quarter of a Central Jersey Group II playoff game between Pleasantville and Camden, which was leading 6-0 at the time of the incident.
As reported by The Washington Post, Alvin Wyatt, 31, has been charged with three counts of attempted murder along with other charges, Atlantic County prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said in a statement Saturday. Michael Mack, 27; Tyrell Dorn, 28; Shahid Dixon, 27; and Vance Golden, 26, were charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. Dixon is also charged with eluding.
“High school athletics is about to change significantly because of violence, because of the threat of violence,” West Deptford football coach and athletic director Jason Morrell told the Courier-Post on Saturday.
“I think everyone will beef up the security, meaning add more armed security. I think in a situation where you have school personnel, teachers as supervisors, you’ll probably go in a different direction.”
“Anything you can do to prepare for a tragic situation is something we need to do,” added Millville athletic director Dave LaGamba. “Unfortunately, last night is literally one of the worst-case scenarios. You don’t want something like that to ever happen.
“As far as patting down, that might be something that occurs in the future at many football venues. It’s a sad state of affairs when that happens, when you’re getting patted down at a high school event, but you want to make sure everybody’s safe.”
“Metal detect you, look through your bag, all that stuff is probably going to happen because of this one high school event,” Winslow head coach Kenny Scott said. “You don’t want to see a repeat.”