OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — New video shows the melee after gunshots rang out during an Oakland 10-and-under youth football game taking place at Oakland Tech High School on Sunday.
Three people were shot, all survived, but witnesses say one victim is only five years old. No arrests were made.
Cellphone video taken after the gunfire shows children and families on the ground taking cover.
“You hear like six shots,” said Francine Loya, who coaches the Valley Boys team in Fresno.
Loya went on to say, “My first instinct was to get the boys who were right next to me out of the pitch, so we started running across the pitch, and I just told them to drop to the ground. and I jumped on it like five of them and just landed on it, and once I heard the shooting stop I looked up and six more shots rang out.”
The Valley Boys team faced off against the 10-and-under team from Oakland. Loya thinks there was a fight behind the bleachers, people went to see what was going on, and a minute later gunshots rang out, sending the parents running back into the bleachers and elsewhere.
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“And then I picked them up and the parents were running and screaming for their kids. I started helping the parents who were throwing their kids over the fence into the field to get away from the back of the bleachers,” said Loya said.
Oakland police confirm that a total of three people were shot. According to witnesses, a five-year-old girl was beaten with a man and a woman.
“I heard it was between two parents. I really don’t know if they were both shooting at each other,” said Quintrell Dotson, coach of the Oakland Dynamite 13-and-under team.
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Officers have not said what led to the shooting, but Coach Loya saw the man who was shot and believes he was hit by a stray bullet.
“What happened behind those bleachers happened, and it was unfortunate for all the families because you know you see those kids crying, and they’re scared, the families are scared, it was awful. Wasn’t a pretty sight,” Loya said.
No arrests have been made and police have released no description of the shooter or shooters in this case.
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