Gun discharged during fight at Delaware high school basketball game: Police

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Police investigating 'shooting incident' during basketball game
Delaware State Police are investigating a shooting incident during a high school basketball game Monday evening.

MIDDLETOWN, Delaware (WPVI) -- Delaware State Police are investigating the discharge of a gun inside a high school on Monday evening.

It happened during a game against Tri-State Christian Academy at Appoquinimink High School in Middletown.

According to school officials, there was a fight near the gym near the boy's bathroom. When police and other adults arrived, individuals involved in the fight scattered.

Authorities said a gun fell to the ground during the large fight. It was stepped on during the physical altercation, causing it to discharge and strike a wall.

The handgun was recovered in the hallway, authorities said.

No injuries were reported.

"We are deeply saddened by this incident, and thankful that no one was injured. We wish to express our appreciation to the players, coaches, officials and spectators who quickly followed the safety protocols we practice throughout the year and allowed themselves to be relocated to a secure space while police searched the site. We appreciate their patience as we waited for the all-clear to exit the building," said Superintendent Matt Burrows in a statement.

The school said there was an increased police presence at the high school on Tuesday and counselors will be available for students.

The suspects were last seen running from the school toward the football stadium, police said.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 302.834.2630.

Appoquinimink High School was also the site of a shooting during a football game in September. One person was injured in that incident.

Chopper 6 over shooting investigation at Appoquinimink High School on Feb. 6, 2023.

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