A school district security guard in Utica, New York, is in critical but stable condition after being shot in the head during a fight at a varsity football game. The incident occurred on Saturday when a fight broke out in the school’s parking lot following the game between Proctor High School and Binghamton High School. Two Utica City School District security officers attempted to intervene, and during the altercation, at least two gunshots were fired, with one striking a guard in the back of his head.
The injured security guard is currently hospitalized in critical condition but is expected to make a full recovery after a challenging road to recovery, according to the Utica Police Department. The police department commended the bravery of the security officer and others who put themselves in harm’s way to protect spectators and students.
The suspect, identified as a 16-year-old male enrolled in an alternative educational program, turned himself into the police the following day. He now faces charges of attempted second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon in the second and third degree, criminal possession of a firearm, and criminal use of a firearm in the first degree. Further charges may be added as the investigation continues.
In response to the incident, the Uvalde Foundation for Kids has set up an official GoFundMe donation page to support the injured officer’s recovery.