Youth Football Coach Shoots Two in Stands as Kids Practice

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Police revealed that a Philadelphia youth football coach is a suspect in a shooting that happened in the stands at a football field near Temple University while children were out practicing. 

Cellphone video captured the moment that the man opens fire and hits two other men in the stands of the football field while 7-year-old children were having rec football practice. 

According to the local CBS affiliate, Philadelphia police said Monday that officers have identified the man as a coach of the Blackhawks youth football team. However, no arrests have been made. One of the two victims is also a coach. 

Officers said the two men were arguing over a woman. 

“It’s extremely disturbing,” Philadelphia district attorney Larry Krasner told CBS. 

Krasner described the impact witnessing a shooting may leave on children.

“The effect is that people are desensitized to it. It seems normal that there are gunshots are going on and that is not how our youth should be living. It is not how they should be growing up,” Krasner said.

The St. Joseph's prep high school lacrosse team was also practicing on the field. 

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