MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Mobile Police say at least 10 people have been shot at Ladd Peebles Stadium. Police say the age of those injured ranges from 15 to 18.
According to investigators, two people are in custody. Police say they are questioning them, but have not confirmed if they are the shooters.
Witnesses say a fight broke out in the stands several minutes before the end of the game. They say the shooting took place after the game ended.
Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste asks “Why are the young people bringing this type of violence to public events. They’re bringing their beefs that they have with each other in their neighborhoods and they’re putting other people in harm’s way. ” Chief Battiste and the Mobile Police Department has been advocating to prevent teen violence in the city.
“We’re going to have to be more aggressive on our end, the city, as to how we hold the individual accountable when they go before the courts. We have got to make sure they understand that we will not tolerate juvenile violence in our community,” says Chief Battiste.
Chief Battise says they will make sure the suspects are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
“This is unacceptable for people to not to be able to come out and enjoy an event watching their children play at a football game and watching their children perform in the band,” says Chief Battiste.
Chief Battise is asking parents, if their children were at Ladd Stadium and are not at home, to call local hospitals or to reach out on their cell phones to make sure they’re okay.
Police say they are still getting witness statements as they continue to investigate the shooting.