The Friday’s football match in Mobile, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, was followed by a shooting when one of the teenagers opened gunfire. Witnesses claimed that a fight broke out a few minutes before the game ended. Mobile Fire-Rescue has recently confirmed that ten victims had to be taken to local hospitals. Five patients went with critical injuries, but their lives were not in danger.
As Mobile police have reported, all victims were in the 15–18 age range.
Lawrence Battiste, Mobile Police Chief, has said that the teenagers were at the stadium for the football match between LeFlore and Williamson when the attacker started shooting.
Battiste has reported that three victims remained in hospitals over the weekend. Nine patients suffered gunshot injuries, while the tenth victim reportedly had a seizure.
The seventeen-year-old perpetrator of this crime, Deangelo Parnell, has surrendered on Saturday. Mobile police have reported that he is facing charges of nine attempted murder counts.
As Battiste has stated, the city of Mobile will not let shootings at public events become a regular occurrence. He cannot fathom why young people would instigate violence in public, where innocent bystanders can get hurt because of their personal disagreements. Battiste believes that it is “unacceptable” that people cannot go out and enjoy an event without fearing for their safety.