'Get off the field!' Rise in shootings near kids' sporting events draws concern

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Shootings at youth sports events in Virginia, Illinois strike panic

  • There have been 41 shootings at sporting events at K-12 schools this academic year.
  • Most of the shootings were at high school football and basketball games, researcher David Riedman said.
  • Firearms became the leading cause of death among children and teens in 2020, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

Gunfire sent hundreds of kids and parents scattering at a flag football game in northern Virginia Sunday morning. Many took shelter behind trees and bushes near the field.

The incident comes on the heels of two other shootings that struck panic at youth sporting events this week. Researchers say the gunfire is indicative of heightened gun violence in the U.S. – and record levels of shootings at sporting events on school grounds.

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