Man grazed by bullet; juvenile assaulted in ‘disturbance’ following youth football game in Fort Bend County

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – The Fort Bend Youth Football League is speaking out after a shooting following a football game in Richmond.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said it happened Saturday around noon at the Harlem Road Park.

“I was just like wow, in Richmond?” said Keith Walker.

Walker has lived in Richmond for 15 years and was shocked to see police at the park on Saturday.

“There was about 20 cop cars out here,” said Walker.

When deputies arrived, they found a juvenile had been assaulted and injured.

They said an adult shot a gun multiple times and a man was grazed by a bullet.

The man was treated at a local hospital.

The Fort Bend County Youth Football League sent KPRC2 a statement:

Dear Fort Bend Youth Families,

We want to extend our sincerest apologies to the families of the Sugarland Cowboys and Southwest Broncos organizations who were victims of bad behavior by a few adults. Unfortunately, parents and volunteers cannot behave in a manner suitable for a youth sports activity. The children in this league go to practice three nights a week to showcase what they have practiced every Saturday. As parents and spectators our job is to cheer for them positively. Today’s incident should never have happened at a youth sporting event.

Today, we had parents get into several altercations, resulting in one parent pulling a gun and firing shots. This behavior is never acceptable. Guns and physical altercations are forbidden at all FBYFL events. FBYFL and local authorities will take the appropriate measures to remove all associated with today’s incident.

FBYFL does not condone fighting by anyone and handguns are never to be allowed at any FBYFL event. Parents sign a code of conduct upon registering any child, and FBYFL makes everyone aware of our gun policy, in which we hold parents and guests to this contractual agreement. FBYFL works hard to prevent incidents such as this. Each field must have a licensed peace officer at every game or event. We put rules and policies in place with severe punishments and fines to deter such behavior.

We pray that everyone is okay from today’s incident.

As this is still an active investigation, FBYFL will not be putting out any additional statements until the local authorities have gathered all the information and we have access to the full report.

At this time, the sheriff’s office has not announced any arrests. An investigation is underway.

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