Female shot at high school game

Victim taken to shock trauma from Annapolis football field

Maryland

October 29, 2005|By MICHAEL DRESSER AND PAT O'MALLEY | MICHAEL DRESSER AND PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTERS

A female was shot and wounded at a high school football game in Anne Arundel County last night, prompting authorities to call off the game midway through the second half.

County police said two male suspects were taken into custody shortly after the incident at Annapolis High School, which was playing rival Old Mill High School.

The victim -- it was not clear last night whether she was a juvenile or an adult -- was taken by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Sgt. Shawn Urbas, a police spokesman, said her wound apparently was not life-threatening.

Urbas said he did not know the unidentified victim's age, though he thought she was 15 or 16. Some witnesses at the scene said she was older and had graduated from Old Mill.

The shooting occurred about 8:30 p.m., shortly before halftime, in a fenced-in area near the concession stand, Urbas said. According to the spokesman, the victim was standing with a group when witnesses heard a loud pop.

"I heard gunshots and everybody cleared out, and she was there holding her leg, and I saw someone run and he was like checking his pockets while he was running," said Megan Engelbach, an Old Mill junior.

Police dogs were called in, and two suspects were later arrested near the Heritage office building complex off Riva Road. Urbas said police found a handgun near the scene of the arrest. The suspects were taken to Southern District Station and had not been charged as of last night, he said.

Urbas said police were unsure whether the shooting was accidental or deliberate.

The game was stopped with about 11 minutes left and Annapolis ahead, 30-21. Authorities said it would resume at a later date.

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