Local 10 has reported that a shooting interrupted a football game at the Boyd H. Anderson High School’s football field located at 3050 NW 41st St, Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33309.
Just before 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 4, 2022, gunshots rang out in the midst of a boys’ little league football game. Witnesses say a masked gunman opened fire on the bleachers. One bullet struck a victim in the leg while climbing the stairs in the stands. All victims, two juveniles and two adult men, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Other witnesses said the gunfire followed an earlier argument where those involved were removed from the field. The day was packed with games between The Florida Youth Football League’s and American Youth Football League’s teams, and some witnesses say gambling may have spurred the argument. Despite security checking guests at the entrances, the shooter managed to slip through the gate, gaining entry to the crowd.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard represents victims of violent crimes and their families in civil lawsuits. Recently, Michael shared some of his knowledge on the legal options available to victims shot during a football game.
"Schools are obligated to have certain security measures in place, even during afterschool sporting events. Additionally, the athletic program may also be held liable for providing ample security for the players and guests. The school could be found liable in a civil lawsuit if a shooting takes place on the property. In order to protect those on campus, schools should provide well-lit parking lots and security cameras around the campus. The event might be staffed with trained security to reduce the risk of preventable dangers. Failure for these measures to be taken can lead to the school or athletic program being held liable for a shooting during an event."
"A shooting victim and their family may have reason to file a civil lawsuit against a negligent school or athletic program. The court will look to see if the crime was foreseeable. A foreseeable or predictable crime could involve one that occurs in an area prone to violence without an increase in security. An experienced violent crimes attorney can help victims shot during a football game explore their legal options, which may include compensation for damages."