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Tech football stadium evacuated; shots reportedly fired

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Police say they’re not certain what the sound was that sent a high school football crowd running for the gates as the game at Arsenal Technical ended Friday night.

One male injured his leg by a gate to the stadium and was checked out by an ambulance team, dispatch said. No other injuries were reported.

The stadium was evacuated around 10 p.m.

An email at 10:21 p.m. from Officer Aaron Hamer, a spokesman for Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, said:

Officers were called to Tech High School for a shots fired in the vicinity in the parking lot. ERG officers were called, when they arrived they evacuated the stadium. At this time, we do not have anyone shot. Police Officers are currently still on scene. A person suffered from a leg injury after falling down.”

Hamer later told 24-Hour News 8 that police are not certain what the sound was, but could not confirm any shots were fired.

Carrie Cline Black, media relations coordinator for Indianapolis Public Schools, issued this statement shortly before 12:30 a.m. Friday:

As the Arsenal Tech HS football game let out on Friday night, there were reports of what sounded like gunfire leading to a chaotic scene and quick police response. After investigating, officers with the Indianapolis Public Schools Police Department, who were on the scene, reported seeing people light firecrackers.

“There were no injuries from gunshots. The situation remains under investigation.”

The incident at the west end of the stadium at the school, 1500 E. Michigan St., was reported to police as “shots fired” at 9:48 p.m.

In the game, Ben Davis defeated Tech 49-7.

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