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GROVEPORT, Ohio (WCMH) — An 18-year-old man was charged following a shooting at Groveport Madison High School during a football game Friday night.
At around 9:07 p.m., Groveport police officers responded to a shooting outside the football stadium during a game between Groveport Madison and Canal Winchester.
Officers detained 18-year-old Columbus resident James Keys and a 15-year-old after locating one handgun that was altered to make it fully automatic. Police say no one was injured and that six rounds were fired from the gun.
Neither Keys nor the 15-year-old are Groveport Madison students, according to the school’s superintendent James Grube.
Police say Keys was slated in Franklin County Jail and charged with second-degree felonies of improper discharge of a firearm and inducing panic. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Franklin County Municipal Court on Aug. 22 at 9 a.m.
Fans attending the game told NBC4 they were evacuated from the stadium around 9:30 p.m. and instructed to leave school grounds.
In a letter sent to parents and staff, Groveport Madison Schools said the shooting happened with two minutes left in the game and gunshots were heard from near the school’s tennis courts north of the stadium.
In addition, the statement reads that the school learned from police that “several of our students and youths from other area high schools were loitering outside of the stadium,” and that “several out-of-district students got tickets for the game.”
“We will immediately implement safeguards to restrict out-of-district youth (exempting students from the visiting team) from obtaining tickets to our events,” said Grube in the statement.
In a statement, Canal Winchester Mayor Mike Ebert thanked the community and first responders for acting to protect the students.
“I’m relieved to hear that all attendees are safe and no serious injuries occurred, but we know there will be long-lasting impacts from the trauma caused from such a scene,” Ebert said in the statement. “It’s simply unacceptable.”