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Shot fired during fight at Palmetto High spring football game; no injuries reported

Shot fired at Palmetto High School football game
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 10:36 PM EDT|Updated: May. 19, 2022 at 6:55 AM EDT
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UPDATED May 19 at 6:20 a.m. with more details, video.

PALMETTO, Fla. (WWSB) - No one was injured Wednesday night when a scuffle at a spring football game at Palmetto High School ended with a single gunshot, police say.

Palmetto Police Chief Scott Tyler says at about 9:45 p.m., toward the end of the game between Palmetto and Tampa Jesuit High School, a fight between high school-aged persons broke out near the sideline.

As school personnel and police moved in to break up the fight, a single gunshot was heard. The teens scattered; police found a handgun on the ground, Tyler said.

No one was hurt.

The scene was captured in live webcast of the game. As the webcast was finishing a video replay, players and sideline personnel are seen running from the field. As the announcers are trying to figure out what is happening, someone in the broadcast booth is heard ordering “Lock that door!”

No arrests have been made but police have identified a person of interest in the case. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Palmetto Police Department at 941-723-4587. They may also contact the Manatee County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) or at manateecrimestoppers.com Persons providing information may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

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