1 teenager dies after shooting at HS football game

UPDATE from 08/26/23 13:24

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt released the following statement on Saturday afternoon:

“Sarah and I are heartbroken at the news of the senseless violence at Choctaw High School last night. We are praying for everyone involved,” Governor Stitt said. “To be clear, violence will not be tolerated in Oklahoma. I am deeply grateful to Choctaw and Del City officials for responding quickly and saving lives. My office is in contact with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and Choctaw Law Enforcement and we are monitoring the situation.”

UPDATE from 08/26/23 11:40 am

State Commissioner Ryan Walters released the following statement on Saturday morning:

“The event last night in Choctaw is tragic. Violence of any kind has no place at our school events and anyone who would threaten our children must be brought to justice quickly.

OSDE stands ready to assist them with any resources available and I spoke to Choctaw Superintendent David Reid and Mid-Del Superintendent Rick Cobb this morning to offer full support and assistance to OSDE.

I hope that all Oklahoma residents will join my family and I in praying for all who have been affected by these senseless acts.”

UPDATE from 08/26/23 11:10 am

Choctaw Police Chief Kelly Marshall released a statement Saturday morning confirming that a 16-year-old man was dead after Friday night’s shooting at a Choctaw High School football game. He was not a student of the Choctaw or Del City school systems.

A 42-year-old man was shot in the chest and is now in stable condition in intensive care after undergoing surgery in OU trauma for most of the night.

Others were treated for their injuries and released early Saturday morning.

An argument between at least two men is believed to have led to the shooting.

Two guns and eight cartridges were recovered at the scene. Investigators were presented with a description of a tall black man wearing red sweatpants who was considered a person of interest.

A Del City officer fired his gun at the scene. The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office will be the lead investigator on the officer involved in the shooting.

UPDATE from 8/25/23 1:09 am
Posted by the Mid-Del Schools Facebook page

Superintendents David Reid of the Choctaw-Nicoma Park Schools and Dr. Rick Cobb of Mid-Del Schools released the following statement through a post on Mid-Del Schools’ Facebook page:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by tonight’s incident. Both counties are working with Choctaw, Del City and Oklahoma County Police on an ongoing investigation. Police will provide more details as they become available.”

UPDATE from 08/25/23 00:10

Choctaw Police Chief Kelly Marshall said in a news conference that there were four total victims with gunshots, one of whom was treated and released. At least one of the victims is a student.

The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office is cooperating with the investigation. No suspects are currently in custody.

Del City Police Chief Loyd Berger stated that a Del City police officer who worked off-duty fieldside was involved in the shooting, but no further details are available about the officer’s involvement.

UPDATE from 08/25/23 23:50
Posted by the City of Choctaw Facebook page

Choctaw City Manager Brian Linley posted a public notice on the City of Choctaw Facebook page stating:

“Anyone coming to Choctaw High School to pick up a student tonight, please come to the weight room (the first white building on the right as you enter campus).”

UPDATE from 8/25/23 10:51 p.m

Oklahoma City police confirmed three people were injured. One was shot in the leg, but the status of the other two victims is unclear.


CHOCTAW, Oklahoma — The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed shots were fired at the Del City vs. Choctaw High School football game. According to reports, the suspect is still at large.

There is currently no official information on the number of victims.

This is an evolving story.

Laura Coffey

Laura Coffey is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Laura Coffey joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: LauraCoffey@worldtimetodays.com.

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