New Jersey HS playoff game suspended due to shooting will resume at Eagles' stadium

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The Eagles' stadium will host a New Jersey playoff game after a shooting forced it to be suspended last week. (Getty Images)

The New Jersey high school football game that was suspended after a shooting in the stands will resume Wednesday at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Pleasantville and Camden will resume their playoff game at 4 p.m. ET in Philadelphia. According to Philip Anastasia of the Philadelphia Inquirer, it will be closed to the public and schools will be given a defined number of free passes.

Camden leads Pleasantville, 6-0, with 4:58 left in the third.

The NJSIAA, New Jersey’s high school athletic governing body, announced Saturday the game would be a closed-door affair. Executive director Larry White said in a statement, via the Inquirer, “Utilizing a neutral, closed site will enable student-athletes to conclude their game without outside distraction.”

Anastasia wrote a heartbreaking column for the Inquirer on why that was the wrong decision.

The teams were in the third quarter of a playoff game Friday night when several shots rang out during a punt and sparked chaos. It was estimated to be the largest Pleasantville crowd in at least 20 years by longtime fans and former players, according to The Press of Atlantic City.

Three were injured in the shooting, including a 10-year-old who, as of Saturday, was in critical condition. An adult man received attention from emergency personnel on the field and is stable after undergoing surgery. A 15-year-old victim reportedly suffered a graze wound and was already released from the hospital.

Five were arrested Saturday for their involvement in the shooting. The shooter, 31-year-old Alvin Wyatt, was charged with attempted murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

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