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More police to patrol high school football games after shooting left three injured

Posted at 4:29 PM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 23:15:03-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Football fans saw more police patrolling Todd Stadium during Friday night's football game.

"I feel comfortable with the amount of police presence and the extra security," Akia Gibbs, who attended the game with her family, said. "I feel comfortable tonight.”

The increased police presence comes from a shooting that occurred after a game on Friday, Sept. 13.

The victims were a 14-year-old and two 19-year-old men. Police said they rendered aid to the 14-year-old before they found the two other victims.

"I thought it had to do with the two rivalr schools," Michaela Mosley, another football fan, said. "I heard about it on the news and figured it had to do with that, and I was hoping it wasn’t anything gang-related.”

Police said the victims were hospitalized and had non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing and police said no arrests have been made.

“This didn’t happen when I was in high school, which was a few years ago," Mosley said.

Police and school officials came up with a plan to ensure the safety of the spectators. Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew said the number of police officers will increase from four to seven, mainly consisting of school resource officers.

Certain entry points will be converted to exit-only. Minton Drive will be one.

"This is an event. I want people to come out and enjoy high school football," Drew said. "It is big in Hampton Roads and in Newport News."

This new plan will be implemented moving forward.

As for the shooting, anyone who has information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887). Tips may also be submitted anonymously at