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‘A sore, sore moment’: Two minors, two adults injured in shooting at youth football game in Lauderdale Lakes

Sun Sentinel logoSun Sentinel 9/7/2022 Amber Bonefont, Angie DiMichele, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Four people, including two minors, were shot during a youth football game Sunday night at a high school in Lauderdale Lakes, authorities said. © South Florida Sun-Sentinel/TNS Four people, including two minors, were shot during a youth football game Sunday night at a high school in Lauderdale Lakes, authorities said.

Four people, including two minors, were shot during a youth football game Sunday night at a high school in Lauderdale Lakes, authorities said.

The gunfire erupted shortly before 8:30 p.m. at Boyd Anderson High School, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said. Three of the victims were taken to a nearby hospital and the fourth victim was identified later, though it remained unclear Tuesday when the fourth victim was located.

The two minors and two adults had injuries that were not life-threatening, according to investigators.

A video posted on YouTube shows the commotion that ensued: Screaming, shouting and people running from the stands and across the track and football field while others lay on the grass.

Jamaal Gaines, president of the Florida Youth Football League team Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes, said teams from South Florida and other states played six football games at the high school throughout the day Sunday. The Hurricanes were on the field Sunday night, preparing to start their game — which was supposed to be the last of the event — when gunshots echoed in the stadium.

“My kids and my program were on the field, so we immediately took for cover and we were escorted out by BSO and they cleared out the stadium,” Gaines said.

Gaines said Broward Sheriff’s deputies and security personnel from a private security company had an ample presence at the stadium that day.

“It was just a shame because it was a beautiful day ... It was a team from Georgia about to play the Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes and it just was a sore, sore moment,” he said.

Gaines said he is grateful that the victims are expected to recover and that the many others who were at the event were not injured.

“Hopefully, they will arrest the assailant and get the right person that had something to do with it ... and give some peace to the community,” Gaines said.

No one had been arrested Tuesday evening.

Willie Cheatom Jr., 42, said his 18-year-old son was one of the victims. He said his son, Willie Cheatom III, was walking up the bleachers to sit when the shots rang out. A bullet hit him in the left leg.

“I’ve been going to little league games for a long time, nothing like this ever happens. I go to the games to support the kids … It’s very shocking,” he said.

Cheatom Jr. said his son does not know who shot him. Several witnesses at the game told Cheatom Jr., who was not there, that the shooter was wearing a ski mask.

Cheatom III is home from the hospital recovering.

“As of right now, he’s still sore, he’s swollen, he’s on crutches,” he said.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office’s Violent Crimes and Crime Scene units are investigating the incident. Authorities ask anyone with information to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

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