High School Football Safety – Shots Fired on Field in Alabama

A recent Mobile, Alabama high school football game left four people shot, with one in critical condition. Shots were fired just outside of Ladd-Peebles Stadium during the 4th quarter of the game between Vigor High School and Williams High School. Videos show fans and players racing to find cover and evacuate the stadium. Those on the field dove to the ground to avoid being shot. 

This is Not the First Time This Has Happened

In August of 2019, a shooter opened fire in the same Ladd-Peebles Stadium, injuring nine people. Six of those nine people were hospitalized with critical injuries. The shooting stemmed from a fight that was enveloping before the game started. The 2019 shooter was charged with nine counts of murder and is still awaiting trial. 

After this shooting, security for Mobile high school sporting events was tightened, and stricter screening protocols were added.

Have There Been Any Arrests for the Recent Shooting?

According to Alabama.com, 19 year old Jai Scott is being held in jail and charged with five counts of attempted murder. As of now the alleged shooter’s motive is undetermined. This has been the only arrest that has come from the scary event.

What Changes Has the School Made For Football Safety?

There has been discussion about having metal detectors and more security at all Mobile high school athletic events. It is possible the Mobile police will take over security at football games played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

In wake of the latest shooting, the stadium’s general manager admitted that there were not enough security personnel at the game and they were not following established protocol. Mobile County Public Schools has stated that interscholastic football games and graduation (commencement) ceremonies will no longer be held at the Ladd-Peebles stadium. 

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