The communities of Camden and Pleasantville, NJ are recovering after gunfire over the weekend at a high school football playoff game sent several people, including at least one 10-year-old, to the hospital. Official word from local police and hospitals is that while several of the injured are still in serious condition no one has passed away as of the writing of this post. While many are lauding the fast action of fans, coaches, professional staff and the players themselves many more are frustrated with the level of gun violence that younger and younger people are facing in areas where violence should not be so present.
Officials have been quick to elaborate that the shooting was most likely not tied to any issues at the schools but was a yet unspecified dispute between individuals who were watching the game. As Pleasantville Police Chief Sean Riggin stated:
"This was not a Pleasantville problem [...] this problem came to us"
Several arrests have been made in connection to the shooting. It is believed that a dispute that started in Atlantic City caused animosity that boiled over several days later when both parties crossed paths at the game. The suspected target of the attack was wounded but is expected to live, additionally the suspected shooters have been arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, with the actual shooter also being charged with attempted murder.
Many families and players took to Twitter to express their anguish, disbelief and thankfulness that while this shocking act of violence tore a rift in the community, no one died and both sets of fans and players believe this will be a wake up call for something to change around the conversation of guns in America.