10-Year-Old Boy in Critical Condition After Being Shot at a High School Football Game

10-Year-Old Boy in Critical Condition After Being Shot at a High School Football Game

A boy who was shot during a high school football playoff Friday night in the Jersey Shore city of Pleasantville remains in a coma, authorities said Monday.

Micah Tennant, a 10-year-old boy from Atlantic City, is in critical condition after he was shot in the neck during a high school football game Friday in Pleasantville, New Jersey.

"He’s a young kid. He’s in bad shape and while I don’t want to say much more, he’s worthy of everybody’s respect he’s pulled through this," Pleasantville Police Chief Sean Riggin said to NBC10. "To be such a tough little kid, to be able to hang in there through a very critical serious injury, he’s an impressive young guy. I really want to see him pull through this but he’s in bad shape."

The shooting, which occurred during the third quarter of the game, left two other people injured. 

A 15-year-old was shot, but has been released from the hospital. And the other person struck was allegedly the shooter’s intended target: Ibn Abdullah. Authorities said Abdullah has also been charged with the shooting because he allegedly brought a firearm to the game.

Authorities have charged 31-year-old Alvin Wyatt with three counts of attempted murder and two weapons counts, according to Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner.

Tyner said the suspect was captured moments after the shooting.

NBC10 reported three other men - Michael Mack, 27, Tyrell Dorn, 28, Shahid Dixon, 27, all of Atlantic City, and Vance Golden, 26, of Pleasantville - are charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, police said. Dixon is also accused of eluding capture.

"Unlike some of the shootings that have occurred on school premises throughout the country, this incident had nothing to do with the students of Pleasantville High School or Camden High School," Tyner said over the weekend. "The venue simply presented an opportunity for criminals to pursue their own form of petty vengeance against one another. As a result, an innocent child was caught and injured in their crossfire. Our community will not be held hostage by a few idiots intent on jeopardizing our safety and the safety of our children."

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