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Philadelphia youth soccer coach shoots fellow coach in stands at soccer field near Temple University, police say – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — We are learning new details about what led to a shooting in the stands of a football field near Temple University where children were practicing. On Monday, police revealed the suspect was the coach of a junior football team in Philadelphia.

Mobile phone video has captured the moments a man opens fire and punches two other men in the stands of a football pitch as 7-year-old children practice football.

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The shooting occurred at 11th Street and Cecil B Moore Avenue near Temple University in North Philadelphia on Friday night.

The shooting alarmed Temple students just before finals week.

“It was just several shots in a row. It’s like fireworks, but they don’t ring out as much,” Temple sophomore Cody Johnson said.

“It scares me a bit,” second student Alex Angelopoulos said.

Philadelphia police said Monday that officers identified the shooter as a coach for the Blackhawks youth football team, but no arrests have been made. Police add that one of the two victims is also a coach, but the other men involved are not cooperating.

Officers also said that moments before the shooting, two of the men were arguing over a woman.

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“It’s extremely disturbing,” Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said.

Krasner described the impact witnessing a shooting can have on children.

“The effect is that people are desensitized to it. It seems normal that there are gunshots and this is not how our young people should live. That’s not how they should grow up,” Krasner said.

In the meantime, Temple students want gun violence near campus to end.

“It was really shocking. It was daylight, not what I expected because there were a ton of people,” Johnson said.

The St. Joseph’s Prep High School lacrosse team also practiced on the field.

The Temple University police union said St. Joe’s Prep told them they would not be practicing on the field at this time.

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