SHOTS FIRED During First Grade Girls Soccer Game in #Ferguson
Guest post by Kristinn Taylor
Gunfire erupted on the street just yards from a children’s soccer game in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday. While no one was hurt, a bullet from the battle was found by a news crew from KMOV-TV in the church school parking lot where the game was being played. About one hundred children and parents were reported to be at the opening game of the season.
Cellphone video of the soccer game shared with KMOV captured part of the shootout.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch quoted a statement by the school sent to parents that the shooting was a ‘domestic dispute’.
“The gunshots erupted just after noon during a Catholic Youth Council event on the playing fields at the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School at Chambers Road and North Elizabeth Avenue.
“Parents and children were sent scurrying for cover.
“Ferguson police were not available for comment, but an email to parents from the school’s administrator, Adrienne Govero, said police confirmed that the shots came after a domestic violence dispute in a home across the street.”
Parents at the game reported seeing a running gun battle between two shooters on Chambers Road with more than a dozen shots fired. The gunmen were seen running away before police arrived. No description of the shooters was reported.
As the bullets flew parents laid over their children on the ground while other parents and children hid behind benches or sought refuge at a concession stand.
A neighborhood witness told KTVI-TV the gun battle was preceded by a fight between two boys.
KTVI also reported parents said they would never bring their children back to Ferguson to play soccer.
Ferguson became nationally known last month over the fatal shooting of unarmed 18 year old black robber Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson after a confrontation. Nightly riots and protests were shown live on cable news outlets for several days after the shooting until the town calmed down. The Obama administration from President Obama and West Wing officials to the Justice Department has gotten personally involved in the Brown case.