PALMETTO, Fla. (WFLA) – Palmetto police announced Friday the arrest of a 13-year-old Bradenton boy charged with firing a gun during a fight at a football game at the high school.
The gunshot caused panic and mayhem among Palmetto High School fans and players on Wednesday night.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident, but without a quick response from law enforcement, some said the night could have been much different.
At least two guns who went onto school property during the spring football game.
Police said Wednesday they located a firearm at the scene. However, on Friday, 8 On Your Side reported, the single shell casing located at the scene did not belong to the weapon recovered, which was fully loaded.
“It is very disconcerting for two minors to bring firearms onto a school campus, especially during a high school football game,” Palmetto Police Capt. Mike Stinson said. “We had a lot of officers there, the school staff and the officers responded immediately and that’s how we were able to retrieve the gun and hopefully avoid further injury, but it It’s very disconcerting and it’s something that always worries us.”
Police said they recovered the weapon used in the shooting at the 13-year-old’s home while executing a search warrant. They also recovered a second weapon during this search.
“It’s a problem when you have a 13-year-old walking around at a high school game with a gun in his pocket. There is absolutely no reason for a 13-year-old to have a gun in their possession,” Capt Stinson said.
Investigators believe the fight was part of an “ongoing feud between several teenagers”.
Manatee County School District officials told 8 On Your Side that the arrested teenager was not a student of Palmetto High School.
“He is enrolled in the Manatee County School District, but he does not attend one of our schools,” district spokesman Michael Barber said. “He is right now, working virtually. What happened has nothing to do with Palmetto High School and as I said, the individual who was arrested is not affiliated with Palmetto High School.
District officials said they are tightening security at the remaining spring football games. They also plan ahead.
“We are already in discussions about what we can do to ensure that our sporting events and other events are safer in the future,” Barber said.
With a second weapon discovered at the scene, additional charges could be laid, police say.