13-year-old arrested for Palmetto High School football game shooting

PALMETTO, Fla. (WFLA) – Palmetto police announced the arrest of a 13-year-old Bradenton boy on Friday, accused of using a firearm during an altercation at a high school football game.

The shooting caused panic and chaos among fans and players at Palmetto High School on Wednesday night.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident but without a prompt response from law enforcement, some say the night could have turned out far differently.

At least two weapons were placed on school property during the spring soccer game.

Police said Wednesday they found a gun at the scene. However, Friday, told 8 On Your Side that the shell of an artillery shell lying at the scene that did not belong to the recovered firearm was fully loaded.

Palmetto Police Captain Mike Stinson said: “It is very disturbing that two minors bring guns onto a school campus, especially during a high school football game. “We have a lot of officers there, school staff and officers who responded immediately and that’s how we can recover the gun and hopefully prevent further injury, but it’s worth it. concerns and that’s what we’ve always been worried about.”

Police say they have recovered the weapon used in the shooting at the 13-year-old boy’s home while executing a search warrant. They also recovered a second weapon during that search.

“It’s a problem when you come across a 13-year-old boy running around a high school game with a gun in his pocket. There is absolutely no reason for a 13-year-old to own a gun,” said Captain Stinson.

Investigators believe the fight was part of an “ongoing feud between several teenage boys.”

Manatee County School District officials told 8 On your part, the youth arrested were not students at Palmetto High School.

District spokesman Michael Barber: “He is enrolled in the Manatee County School District, but he does not attend one of our schools. “He is right now, working virtual. What happened has nothing to do with Palmetto High School and as I said, the individual arrested has nothing to do with Palmetto High.”

County officials said they are increasing security at the remaining spring soccer games. They are also planning ahead.

“We discussed what we can do to ensure that our sporting events and others are safer in the future,” Barber said.

According to police, with a second weapon discovered at the scene, additional charges are likely.

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