Judge orders man held in high school football game shooting
MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — A man charged in connection with a shooting at a high school football game that led to the death of a 10-year-old spectator will remain jailed until his trial on weapons charges.
A judge made the ruling Thursday during a detention hearing for Vance Golden, citing the potential for witness intimidation and that he posed a risk to public safety.
Hearings for two other defendants — Tyrell Dorn and Michael Mack — had also been scheduled for Thursday but were postponed until next week. Atlantic County prosecutors also withdrew their motion to hold a detention hearing for a fourth defendant, Shahid Dixon, because he’s now being detained for an unrelated case.
The four men face weapons charges stemming from Friday’s shooting in Pleasantville that initially wounded a man and two children, including Michah Tennant, who died Wednesday from his injuries.
Ibn Abdullah, who authorities have said was the target of the shooting, remains hospitalized. The 27-year-old Abdullah faces weapons charges because a gun was found on him when emergency responders went to his aid, authorities said.
A 15-year-old boy was treated for a graze wound.
The shooting happened in the stands of a Nov. 15 playoff game between the Camden Panthers and the Pleasantville Greyhounds. Authorities have said it does not appear that any of the men charged had any connection to the game.
The suspected gunman — 31-year-old Alvin Wyatt, of Atlantic City — is charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder and two weapons offenses. He was captured on the football field moments after the shooting by a Pleasantville officer who was part of the game’s security detail.
Wyatt is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Wednesday.