Texas baseball player hit by gunfire during game
from: Jenna Vitamanti, Christa Schwanson
TEXARKANA, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – A Texas A&M University-Texarkana baseball player was hospitalized after being hit by a stray ball at a game Saturday night.
Texarkana, Texas police said officers were called to a shooting in a neighborhood near Spring Lake Park Saturday night. A short time later, officers were called to the park to retrieve a baseball player who may have been shot.
When officers arrived at George Dobson Field, they learned the 18-year-old player was standing in the bullpen when a stray bullet hit him.
“The shooting came from a neighborhood west of Spring Lake Park and was a result of some type of rioting that took place there,” said Shawn Vaughn, the department’s public relations officer. “The bullet traveled several hundred feet and struck the victim as he stood near the bullpen area of the ball field in the park. He was not attacked, nor was the shooting related to activities in the park. It was a horrific incident where he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
First responders took the man to a nearby hospital, where he underwent surgery. In a Sunday update, the Texarkana Texas Police Department said the man’s condition was stable.
police said Sunday that they believe two men shot at each other in front of a house near the park. Arrest warrants were issued for both men who allegedly fled the scene before officers arrived.
Three other men who were in the house were arrested.
in one Twitter post, TAMUT’s athletics department said Saturday’s baseball game — slated to be the finale of the regular season — against the University of Houston-Victoria has been declared a “no contest” by the Red River Athletic Conference. A softball double header was also canceled.