Gun violence broke out at the Northwest Recreational Facility last night as a juvenile, allegedly in a verbal dispute, shot two other youths. Officers from the Apopka Police Department later arrested and charged the juvenile.
The gunshot victims were transported to a local hospital and are in stable condition.
The Apopka Police Department did not release the names or ages of the youths, but did email the following statement to The Apopka Voice:
"On October 2, 2023, at 8:20pm the Apopka Police Department responded to a shooting at the Northwest Recreation Complex football field. Officers arrived at 8:24 pm and detained the shooter. They also located two juvenile victims with gun shot wounds.
Based on the preliminary investigation, investigators have determined that three juveniles, participating in Pop Warner Football practice, became engaged in an altercation that led to one juvenile retreiving a firearm from a vehicle. The juvenile then fired one shot that struck two juveniles in the parking lot. The victims have been transported to área hospitals and were listed in stable condition. The shooter has been detained and the firearm secured. There is no on going threat to the community.
This is an active on-going investigation and updates will be released as they are available."
This is an update of a breaking news story, and will be updated in later editions of The Apopka Voice.