RICH FIELD, Minn. (FOX 9) – Friday night lights in Richfield were quickly replaced by screams, screams and sirens after two men were shot dead at the school’s homecoming football game and fans and players ran for the exits.
Richfield Police say two men – a 21-year-old and an 18-year-old – were found with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds near the northeast entrance to the football field. The 18-year-old was taken to a hospital.
Stephanie Mockobee was waiting in the parking lot to pick up her son from the marching band when shots rang out: “I’m sitting in the car and I just heard Boom Boom Boom,” Mockobee told FOX 9 on Saturday. “It upset me when I saw , as the soccer players ran off the field.”
Police say that before the shooting, school staff had just denied entry to a group of people who were “apparently waiting for the game to end.” Stephanie believes she drove past the same group just moments earlier, describing them as “like two small groups of up to 20 kids in black, all black,” she said.
A woman who has lived across the stadium for 30 years told us she heard the shots and then saw groups of people, including children, running. She was shaken and asked that her last name not be included.
“What really struck me is that most of the people I observed seemed to be younger,” said the woman, whose first name is Liz.
As of Saturday afternoon, Richfield Police said they have yet to identify or arrest anyone in the shooting.
After the game, Richfield director Theien-Collins sent this message to the families:
Dear spartan families,
It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to you tonight. I am heartbroken by the violence that erupted at the homecoming game and has deeply affected our entire community. What should have been a weekend of celebration and school pride is now a time when we must come together in support and solidarity.
To ensure student safety and to give us all a little space to breathe, reflect and heal, we have made the decision to cancel all weekend activities, including boys’ and girls’ soccer and the homecoming dance.
We will have counselors and social workers on site this week for any students who have been directly or indirectly affected by these events, or who simply wish to process their feelings.
In a relationship,
Principal Stacy Theien-Collins