VIDEO: Orlando high school football playoff game shooting halted
A parking lot shooting ends in the fourth quarter of the Jones-Wekiva High School football playoff game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Orlando.
John Santucci, Wochit
ORLANDO — High school football players fell on the field and fled to the locker room after gunfire in the parking lot halted the Jones and Wekiva playoff game Saturday night.
Emergency responders were seen administering chest compressions and respiratory assistance to one person following the shooting. Another person received medical attention for his leg.
People fled from the parking lot behind the north end zone of the football field at Jones High School after two sets of shots rang out in the fourth quarter.
At the time of shooting, play was centered on the south end of the field. The Wekiva players immediately ran to the locker room as the Jones players and coaches hid on the ground on the sideline.
Jones put Wekiva up 29-13 with 1:40 left in the fourth quarter of the Region 1-3M quarterfinal game.
“It wasn’t the Jones kids,” Jones head coach Elijah Williams said. “It was a neighborhood thing that spilled into the parking lot. We had a minute left in the game. It was really senseless. I hope the young guys are OK.
“At that point, we wanted to keep both teams safe. We laid on the ground and hid in the back there. It’s very unfortunate, and they did everything they deserved from a tough competition between Orange County schools. It could have been here.
“Instead of glorifying our efforts to come into this game and make it this far, we’re talking about some unfortunate circumstances that led to some poor decisions.”
Jones High School is located less than a mile from Camping World Stadium, where the second night of the Electric Daisy Carnival festival took place on Saturday.
We were playing the game and then we heard gunshots but thought it was fireworks,” Wekiva head coach Jeremiah Rodriguez-Schwartz said. “When we realized it was gunshots, we all ran for safety.
“All of our guys are accounted for. Everyone is safe. It just shows that sometimes life is bigger than football.”
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