2 Teens Shot at Philadelphia High School Football Game

Officials from Simon Gratz High School plan to discuss security measures following a shooting Friday night outside the stadium.

Two teenagers were shot after gunfire erupted outside a high school football game in Philadelphia Friday night.

The shooting occurred around 7:40 p.m. at Marcus Foster Memorial Stadium, the home field for Simon Gratz High School, during the second quarter, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer. 

The two victims — a 14-year-old boy who was shot in the foot and a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the thigh — were taken to Einstein Medical Center and listed as being in stable condition.

According to police, the gunfire stopped the game and fans, coaches and players ran from the bleachers and across the field to escape.

“Everybody [in the stands] ran out of the stadium,” said Nick Lincoln, the head coach for Imhotep High School, the opposing team. “The players ran off the field toward the locker rooms.”

Rae Oglesby, a spokesman for Simon Gratz, said the school district was in charge of security at the stadium and responsible for providing police officers. At the time of the shooting, four police officers and 10 security officers were on-site.

“We plan to talk to the district this week about the incident to ensure we’re doing all we can to keep everyone attending the games safe,” Oglesby said.

Earlier that day around 8:00 a.m, a gun battle took place a block from Colombus Elementary School and two blocks from Chester High School, less than 20 miles outside of Philadelphia.

A video was released by police in hopes of receiving any tips or information from the public about the incident.

In the video, students can be seen running for cover as the gun battle erupts between two men. No injuries were reported from the incident.

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