McKEES ROCKS, Pa. — A high school football all-star game at Sto-Rox High School was interrupted by a shooting on Sunday night.
The NFBD All-Star Showcase was being played between teams coached by former WPIAL and Pitt stars Paris Ford and Damar Hamlin and was halted just after 8:30 p.m. when 10 shots rang out, according to Pittsburgh Sports Now photographer Ed Thompson, who was on the scene.
No injuries were immediately reported from those inside the stadium. The Tribune Review reported that a 17-year-old boy was shot outside the stadium. Pittsburgh and McKees Rocks Police responded to the scene and are investigating.
After the shooting, the crowd fled the stands and the game was called, with the team coached by Hamlin leading 7-6 in the second quarter.
“We had an unfortunate incident tonight at the @NFBDAllStarGame,” NFBD founder Jordon Rooney said on Twitter. “There was a shooting int he neighborhood near the stadium. We really hope that everyone is okay and the safety of our players, coaches and fans is our first thought and priority.
“Just to be clear — The shooting was outside the stadium. We searched everyone that entered the field. We even had more security than we were required to have. It’s frustrating that this incident cut our game short, but the safety of everyone involved is most important.
“Our team worked really hard to make this happen and the game had all signs of being a huge success before it was cut short. I really appreciate everyone who came out and supported. I feel for the players who have worked really hard to get to this point.
“I feel really terrible that this happened. This won’t slow us down in our mission to help promote Pittsburgh and the athletes here in a positive way. Thank you.”
Ed Thompson provided reporting from McKees Rocks.