A New Jersey man who shot a 10-year-old spectator at a high school football game and injured two other spectators was found guilty of murder and other related counts.
When Alvin Wyatt, 35, of Atlantic City, started firing at Pleasantville High School on November 15, 2019, he claimed that he was acting in self-defence. Two children and a man were injured in the incident. As he watched the game with his mother and sister, one of the kids, Michah Tennant, was shot in the neck.
Just hours before the playoff game resumed at the Philadelphia Eagles stadium, Tennant passed away five days later.
Wyatt was found guilty on Thursday of the murder charge in addition to two counts of attempted murder and three weapons offences. When judged on September 11, he might receive a life sentence.
According to the authorities, Wyatt specifically targeted the injured man, who was also one of those accused in the case. Moments after the incident, Wyatt was apprehended on the football field by a Pleasantville policeman who was working the game’s security detail.
The man had previously shot at Wyatt roughly three weeks prior, it was revealed during the trial. The man, who Wyatt claimed threatened to shoot him, was encountered by Wyatt as he was walking into the stands after meeting some pals at the game.
Wyatt claimed that when he saw the victim reach for his gun, he noticed a gun in his waistband and fired to defend himself. According to authorities, the victim did possess a weapon but did not discharge it. The victim has been confined to a wheelchair since the incident. In the end, he admitted to both an attempted murder charge and a weapons charge.