STOWE TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania (KDKA) – Cheers grew as shots fired near the Sto-Rox soccer stadium.
A game scheduled for this weekend at Sto-Rox has been moved to another location as police try to find out who was behind the shooting.
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The mobile phone video sets the scene of the terror. Clairton and Hill District youth football teams leave the field without knowing where the shots came from or if they were the targets.
It turned out that on Marwood Street one block away, young men in the background of the ring video shot at each other while frightened residents hid in their homes.
“We heard a lot of shots and fell to the ground,” said a neighbor.
This year there has been tension over high school football games with fears that off-field rivalries could lead to violence. This particular game was a neutral playoff between two youth soccer teams out of town. Allegheny County Police are investigating the shooting, but Stowe Township police chief Matt Preininger says the shooting appears to be unrelated to the game itself.
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“According to our information, it was not directly related to the soccer game. It was just one chance that one person faced another person, ”said Preininger.
Police initially had no victims, but the boss said a young man later showed up at the hospital with a gunshot wound. The incident appears to be part of the alarming increase in gun violence among young people that has claimed the lives of 21 Allegheny County’s teenagers.
Whether it was related to the game or not is of no comfort to the people who live nearby. One woman who refused to appear on camera said they shot out the windows of her car and that she had to grab her children and hold them on the floor until she could get up safely.
“It was hell. We crawled scared on the floor, ”she said.
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Sto-Rox High School is in the WPIAL playoffs but the district manager says they have decided not to have any more games this year. You’re playing at the Shadyside Academy in Peters Township this weekend.