Two injured as shooting at Richfield football game sends players scrambling 

Richfield Principal Stacy Theien-Collins said in a message to families that homecoming activities for the rest of the weekend would be canceled. 

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Two people were shot just outside Richfield High School’s homecoming football game Friday night around 8:45 p.m., police confirmed.

“A school staff member advised an on-site police officer that school officials had turned away a number of individuals from game entry that appeared to be waiting for the game to end. The individuals were gathered a short distance northeast of the football field. The on-site police officer drove to the area of the individuals, heard two gunshots, and saw numerous people running from the scene,” Richfield police said in a statement.

The shooting occurred in the fourth quarter of Richfield’s game against Bloomington Kennedy. Video of the shooting, captured by the high school’s livestream of the game, shows both teams running from the sidelines as multiple gunshots ring out in the background.

“Two victims with non-life threatening gunshot wounds were located near the northeast entrance gate of the football field: a 21-year-old male and an 18-year-old male. The 18-year-old victim was transported to a local hospital,” police said.

Police had not identified any suspects or made any arrests as of Friday night. They have not released any new information since the incident.

Richfield Principal Stacy Theien-Collins said in a message to families that homecoming activities for the rest of the weekend would be canceled.

“It is with a heavy heart that I write to you tonight. I am heartbroken by the violence that broke out at the homecoming game, which has deeply impacted our entire community,” she said. “What was supposed to be a weekend of celebration and school pride is now a time when we must come together in support and solidarity.”

Edina’s homecoming game last weekend was “evacuated” after “several fights” broke out.

 

Anthony Gockowski

Anthony Gockowski is Editor-in-Chief of Alpha News. He previously worked as an editor for The Minnesota Sun and Campus Reform, and reported for The Daily Caller.