A 10-year-old fan was killed and two other spectators were injured when a New Jersey man opened fire in the stands during a high school football playoff game. He was sentenced to 70 years in prison.
Alvin Wyatt, 35, of Atlantic City, was found guilty of murder and other related counts in July. On Monday, he was condemned. When he started firing at Pleasantville High School on November 15, 2019, he claimed in court that he was acting in self-defense.
Two children and a man were injured in the incident. When Micah Tennant, one of the kids, was watching the game with his mother and sister, he was shot in the neck. Just hours before the playoff game resumed at the Philadelphia Eagles stadium, Tennant passed away five days later.
According to the authorities, Wyatt specifically targeted the injured man, who was also one of those accused in the case. Moments after the incident, Wyatt was apprehended on the football field by a Pleasantville policeman who was working the game’s security detail.
It was mentioned throughout the trial that the man had shot Wyatt around three weeks prior. The man, who Wyatt claimed threatened to shoot him, was encountered by Wyatt as he was walking into the stands after meeting some pals at the game.
Wyatt claimed that when he saw the victim reach for his gun, he noticed a gun in his waistband and fired to defend himself. According to authorities, the victim did possess a weapon but did not discharge it. The victim has been confined to a wheelchair since the incident. In the end, he admitted to both an attempted murder charge and a weapons charge.