PALMETTO, Fla. (WFLA) — Palmetto Police Department Friday announced the arrest of a 13-year-old Bradenton boy accused of firing a gun during a brawl at a high school football game.
The shot caused panic and chaos among Palmetto High School fans and players Wednesday night.
Luckily, no one was injured in the incident, but without an immediate response from law enforcement, some could have said the night could have been very different.
At least two guns that made it onto school grounds during the spring soccer game.
Police said Wednesday they found a gun at the scene. However, on Friday, 8 On Your Side said the single cartridge case found at the scene did not belong to the recovered gun, which was fully loaded.
“It is very disturbing that two youths are bringing guns onto a school campus, particularly during a high school football game,” said Mike Stinson, Palmetto Police Captain. “We had a lot of officers there, school staff and officers responded immediately and that’s how we were able to recover the gun and hopefully prevent further injuries, but it’s very worrying and something we always worry about.”
Police said they found the gun used in the shooting at the 13-year-old’s home while they were executing a search warrant. During the search, they also found a second weapon.
“It’s a problem when a 13-year-old runs around with a gun in his pocket at a school play. There is absolutely no reason why a 13-year-old should even own a gun,” said Capt. stinson
Investigators believe the fight was part of an “ongoing feud between several teenagers.”
Manatee County School District officials tell 8 On Your Side that the arrested teenager is not a student at Palmetto High School.
“He’s enrolled in the Manatee County School District but doesn’t attend any of our schools,” said district spokesman Michael Barber. “He’s working virtually right now. What happened has nothing to do with Palmetto High School, and again, the person who was arrested has nothing to do with Palmetto High School.”
County officials said they would increase security at the remaining spring football games. They also plan ahead.
“We are already in discussions about what we can do to ensure our sporting events and other events are safer going forward,” Barber said.
A second weapon found at the scene could lead to further charges, police said.