Lancaster football game shooting: man killed, Yaqub Talib wanted

The shooting at the football game took place at approximately 8:50 p.m. at Lancaster Community Park. The coach’s son was on the field at the time

LANCASTER, Texas — A man was fatally shot Saturday night during an argument at a youth soccer game in Lancaster, south of Dallas. police said in a press release.

Police identified the suspect as Yaqub Salik Talib, who was still wanted by authorities Sunday afternoon.

The shooting at the football game took place at approximately 8:50 p.m. at Lancaster Community Park at 1749 Jefferson Street in Lancaster, southeast Dallas County.

Police said responding officers were alerted to a “disagreement between the coaching staff and the acting crew,” according to a press release.

As the disagreements unfolded, the trainers got into a physical altercation, and one of those involved in the fight fired a gun. A man was shot dead, police said.

According to the press release, he was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

While authorities have not released an official identification, coaches of the WFAA’s youth team DEA Dragons told the WFAA the victim was Mike Hickmon.

“We saw one of our coaches lying on the floor right there. It was tough,” said Mike Freeman, president of the Dragons. “More than just a coach. Great father, great man, great role model, great mentor.”

Police named Yaqub Talib as a suspect, but no further information about his involvement in the shooting was released.

Talib is the brother of former NFL cornerback Aqib Talib. Both are coaches of the North Dallas United Bobcats, the other team playing at the time of the shooting.

Tevar Watson owns the team and was cleaning up another field at the time of the shooting. He’s been friends with Hickmon for about a decade after the two played in a 9-on-9 adult league football game.

“I think it’s all pointless, man. Yesterday was probably the worst day of my life man,” he said. “I lost a good guy. What we call a standup guy, one of the guys that’s there for his family.”

Watson said about 80 children were in the area when it happened.

“I held my son for 20 minutes afterwards while he was just crying because I didn’t want any child to see it,” he said.

Freeman said the argument started when Hickmon tried to pick up a football and someone kicked him away. This led to fights and eventually shootings.

Hickmon, 43, was the team’s offensive coordinator for two years and made his name playing at Maceo Smith High School and then the University of North Texas. His son was one of the nine-year-olds on the field at the time of the shooting.

“I held his son, Little Mike Jr., and I held him like my son, and it was very, very, very difficult to hold and comfort him because again – I just let him know that we care for him will be there.” said Freimann.

The team will start school on Monday, just two days after the shooting, and Freeman said they are trying to find advisors for the team.

“I’m lost for words. I don’t know how to explain it to the kids. This is the part I’m stuck on right now. how do i explain it to them Why?” Freeman said. “It’s something these kids will remember for the rest of their lives. You will never forget this moment.”

Police asked anyone with information on Talib’s whereabouts to call Detective Senad Deranjic at 972-218-2756.

“The only thing I want right now is justice,” Freeman said. “That’s all.”

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Laura Coffey

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