3 injured in shooting outside Ohio high school football game
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG/Gray News) – Three people were injured in a shooting outside a high school stadium during a football game in Ohio.
The Toledo Police Department reported having two suspects in custody.
The incident took place near the end of a game between Whitmer High School and Central Catholic High School at Whitmer High School, according to WTVG.
According to a news release from the local Washington school district, the three victims included two adults and a student from Whitmer High School. Police said the victims were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The identity of the victims or suspects has not been released at this time.
Police reported that a Toledo police officer who was off duty at the match informed the dispatch that shots were being fired at the stadium. The officer, along with 15 other off-duty deputies, began evacuating attendees and searching for casualties.
A witness reported that he had about eight minutes left in the match when he was abruptly stopped after gunshots were heard.
Cellphone video shows people running after a shooting injured three people outside a high school football game in Toledo, Ohio. (TRENTON ZÜBER)
The witness also recalled hearing what sounded like fireworks before masses of people, including spectators and players, ran to the pitch for cover.
WTVG crews reported seeing shell casings along the street near the southeast side of the stadium.
The local Washington school district said in a statement that spectators, guests and players were immediately evacuated as the school launched its safety plan.
“No guests were harmed during the evacuation, and we couldn’t be prouder of our students, staff, Whitmer fans and our guests from Central Catholic,” school officials said. in the press release.
Kevin Parkins, principal of Central Catholic High School, thanked local Washington schools in a statement for their quick response and efforts to keep attendees safe.
“I would like to extend a word of gratitude to the administration and Whitmer Police who responded tonight,” he said. “In those moments of chaos, they were able to provide us with advice that was really important.”
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