Utica, N.Y. — A 16-year-old boy was charged Sunday with the shooting of a security guard at a high school football game, police said.
The boy turned himself in, said Sgt. Michael Curley, a Utica police spokesperson.
Police identified him as a suspect through video of the shooting, Curley said.
The school district guard was shot at a Thomas R. Proctor High School parking lot just after a football game with Binghamton High School on Saturday.
Police said the guard was attempting to break up a large fight when he was shot in the back of the head. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
On Sunday, police said he’s expected to make a full recovery.
The boy, who was not identified due to his age, was charged with:
- Second-degree attempted murder
- Second-degree criminal possession of a weapon
- Third-degree criminal possession of a weapon
- Criminal possession of a firearm
- First-degree criminal use of a firearm
Police said he is not a student at Proctor High School. The boy is enrolled in an alternative educational program, they said.
"Unfortunately those who carry guns, just don’t care anymore. They’re willing to fire in the crowds."— K-12 School Shooting Database (@K12ssdb) September 11, 2023
–statement from Utica Police Lieutenant Michael Curley after a school security guard was shot at the game Saturday afternoon pic.twitter.com/NUITiahcF2
Police are continuing to investigate the shooting and said additional charges against the boy and others involved in the fight are possible.