CHERRY HILL, NJ (CBS) — For the third time since the start of the season, gunshots have scarred the Friday night revelry of a high school football game. This time in Cherry Hill.
An eyewitness told CBS3 that a lone gunman fired in the direction of the stadium, scary to see and hear, especially in close proximity to so many people.
It was football Friday night, and instead of memorable plays, Cherry Hill is brimming with terrifying moments on Saturday.
“The football game was going on in the stadium and I was watching TV and about seven or eight shots were fired very, very close to our house,” said a neighbor.
Cherry Hill West was playing Bridgeton High School when a gunman fired shots at Fulton and Weld Street, the immediate vicinity of the football complex.
It was 8.45pm and the stands in the stadium were packed with people.
“I don’t think most people knew what happened in the stadium, but it’s dangerous and it’s too close,” said the neighbor.
Eyewitness News spoke to a neighbor who did not want to be identified. He says his house was hit by one of the bullets.
Investigators say they have found a total of eight shell casings.
“How did that make me feel? It’s crazy. I’ve never experienced that here before,” he says.
The shooting is now the third violent incident this season near a football game at a high school in the region.
On September 17, shots were fired — and two teens were hit — nearly a block from a high school game in West Philadelphia.
Twenty-one days earlier, a shooting at an Academy Park High School football game in Sharon Hill claimed the lives of others 8 year old Fanta Bility and left three people injured. The Delaware County District Attorney announcing that ballistics concluded those shots came from… Sharon Hill Police Officers Saying They Shot in response to gunshots nearby.
These recent incidents are causing schools such as: Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School to Take Immediate Action. The Delaware County school’s game against Neumann-Goretti on Friday night was attended by no parents, students or community members.
The school says that in addition to recent incidents at sporting events, social media posts raising concerns about possible altercations forced the school to make the difficult decision.
“I just think the next time we have an evening game there should be a little more police,” he said.
In a statement, the Cherry Hill Public Schools superintendent said: “After reporting the incident that night, our administrators and campus police officers at the stadium immediately closed the gates to the stadium and no one was allowed in. The Cherry Hill Police Department has recommended that the game continue. The match went on and ended without incident.”
Anyone with information is requested to contact CCPO Detective Tanner Ogilvie at 856-650-6398 or Cherry Hill Police Detective Robert Daniello at 856-432-8834.