Utica High School Football Game Shooting: A security guard was seriously hurt this past weekend. The incident happened during a fight in the last quarter of a game at Thomas R. Proctor High School. The situation unfolded around 4 p.m. in the school’s parking lot.
According to eyewitness video and police reports, a brawl involving around a dozen individuals broke out on the parking lot pavement. Amid the chaos, at least two gunshots were heard. One of the two security guards trying to disperse the crowd was hit in the back of the head by a bullet and subsequently rushed to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
Utica Police Chief Mark Williams revealed that the group involved in the violent altercation had been denied entry into the varsity football game against Binghamton High School just moments before the shooting. Although the stadium is equipped with metal detectors designed to catch firearms and other dangerous items, the guard had turned the group away based on suspicious behavior before any alarm could be triggered.
Authorities are still searching for the lone gunman responsible for the tragedy. While the motive behind the initial fight remains unclear, officials are considering the possibility that it may have been gang-related.
Troubling Pattern of Violence at School Sports Events
This disturbing incident follows closely on the heels of other recent shootings at high school football games. Just last week, a student was killed and an adult woman injured in a halftime shooting at a Louisiana high school football game. Similarly, last month a 16-year-old lost his life to bullets fired from the stands during an Oklahoma high school football game.
Such occurrences have ignited debates around security measures at school sporting events and raised serious concerns about the safety of both players and spectators.