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Arrest Made in High School Football Game Shooting

Alvin Wyatt, 31, has been charged on 5 counts
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 16, 2019 2:05 PM CST
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Pleasantville Mayor Jesse L. Tweedle Sr., left and Pleasantville Police Chief Sean Riggin hold a news conference after a shooting that occurred during a football game at Pleasantville High School in Pleasantville, NJ, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.   (Edward Lea/The Press of Atlantic City via AP)
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(Newser) – Six men have been charged after a shooting at a New Jersey high school football game, including the alleged gunman and one of the three people wounded in what authorities said Saturday was the result of "petty vengeance." The wounded man, Ibn Abdullah, 27, was the target of the shooting and was charged because a gun was found on him when emergency responders went to his aid, authorities said during a news conference at the school, per the AP. He is in stable condition and will be undergoing surgery. The two other victims were a 10-year-old boy, who was shot in the neck and remains in critical condition, and a 15-year-old boy, who was treated for a graze wound. Authorities declined to discuss what led to the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation.

But authorities said the shooting did not appear connected to the game. "The venue simply presented an opportunity for criminals to pursue their own form of petty vengeance against one another," Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said in a news release. "As a result, an innocent child was caught and injured in their crossfire." Tyner said Alvin Wyatt, 31, of Atlantic City, has been charged with three counts of attempted murder and two weapons counts. Authorities said Wyatt was captured in the end zone moments after the shooting by a Pleasantville officer who was part of the security detail assigned to the game. Three other men face weapons charges, and a fourth faces weapons and eluding charges. Abdullah is also facing weapons charges because a gun was found on him.

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