Three people detained after allegedly shooting gun at high school football game

Published: Aug. 19, 2022 at 9:55 PM CDT
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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Three people were detained at a high school football game after several shots were fired in the parking lot Friday evening.

The suspects attempted to run away from the campus. Officials learned that the weapon was shot by a 16-year-old. The suspects were identified as one adult and two juveniles including 18-year-old David Sanders and a 17-year-old.

None of the suspects attended the school within Clarksville-Montgomery County School System.

Montgomery County Sheriff officials said around 9:10 p.m., during a football game on the West Creek High School campus, deputies observed suspicious activity in the campus parking lot. A vehicle with an open trunk was seen traveling above the posted speed. Authorities said the officers on the scene then heard and saw gunshots fired. They then radioed dispatch for assistance, and responding patrol deputies stopped the suspect vehicle.

Multiple Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Clarksville Police, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the call and detained one adult and two juvenile suspects following the incident.

Deputies recovered bullet shell casings, a firearm and seized at least one vehicle. Sheriff John Fuson also sent members of the Criminal Investigation and Intel Division to the scene to process evidence and collect witness statements.

No injuries have been reported at the time.

Officials reminded the community that the Sheriff’s Office regularly has additional deputies at school-sponsored sporting events such as Friday night’s football game.

“Thanks to the quick action and response that we had to this incident, we have these three identified and with what information that we have so far, they have been appropriately charged. Our investigation is still ongoing. Our investigators will determine what transpired prior to these shots being fired, locate any additional suspects, and appropriately charge them as well. We have been and will continue to be relentless in our preparedness for and response to any violent act on school property. Examples need to be made of anyone who places our schools, students, and staff in danger. I intend to ensure that this is what occurs with this incident.” said Sheriff John Fuson.

Officials said the investigation may lead to additional charges filed against the three or other subjects.

This is a breaking news story; we will update the account as we learn more.