Charges filed in New Jersey football game shooting

John McDevitt
November 15, 2019 - 9:51 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A 10-year-old boy is in critical condition after being wounded during a shooting at a high school football game last night in Pleasantville, Atlantic County. A 15-year-old boy was treated and released for a graze wound, and a 27-year-old man who is in critical condition was among six people charged in connection with shooting. 

The state playoff game was in the third quarter. Camden was leading Pleasantville when shots were fired in the stands. There was panic as the spectators ran for cover, among them high school student Isaiah Green.

"I was sitting on the Camden side and from the Pleasantville side, you just hear like, four or six gunshots just go off," recalled Green. "At first I didn't really know what happened and then I kind of see like players jumping over the fences and like people charging towards the exits. I remember seeing somebody, two or three actually ripped part of the fence off so people could get out."  

Green said he hid under the bleachers during the chaos.

31-year old Alvin Wyatt is charged with 3 counts of attempted murder along with weapons charges. Officials say he targeted 27-year-old Ibn Abdullah. He was wounded and also arrested for unlawful possession of a handgun. Four other men where also charged.

Pleasantville Police Chief Sean Riggin says the shooting doesn't appear to be related to the football game or the school, though he added, "I'm not going to rule everything out beyond the shadow of the doubt."

Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner spoke of the effects of the violence on everyone at the game.

"The vicarious trauma that they placed upon the kids and students that were at that game will be untold," Tyner said. "That should be criminal enough that these kids have been robbed of their youth because that will be an ever-present memory going into their adulthood."

The playoff game is scheduled to resume on Tuesday at a undisclosed location. Spectators will not be permitted to attend.