Kennedy High football opener ends early after shooting near field injures three

Richmond police to hold another DUI checkpoint at Cutting/41st on Friday night

With four minutes remaining in the Kennedy High School football team’s home opener Friday night, fans and players were sent “scurrying for cover” following a shooting near the campus that injured three juveniles, according to a San Francisco Chronicle sports reporter.

The juveniles suffered minor injuries in the shooting that occurred in the 700 block of South 41th Street, behind the school. School resource officers assigned to the game versus Lincoln High heard shots fired at 9:45 p.m.  The football game was immediately cancelled as a precaution, Richmond police Lt. Andre Hill told the Richmond Standard Tuesday.

Two of shooting victims were passengers in a vehicle and the third was on foot.  The shots came from a white four door Honda Accord that fled the area, witnesses said. All three victims are expected to survive and there have been no arrests, Hill said.

No one at the football field was injured, and the shooting was unrelated to the game, Hill said. Lincoln was up 39-26 at the time of the game cancellation and was thus declared the winner, the Chronicle reported.

The shooting occurred near to the Monterey Pines Apartments, which has seen increased gang violence in recent months. Some residents have expressed concerns about holding night games at Kennedy while incidents of violence persist at Monterey Pines. Similar concerns were expressed regarding the Grambling State University marching band’s planned practice at the Kennedy High football field Thursday night from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Do it in the daytime. They just had a shooting there during a football game last Friday,” one of our readers wrote on our Facebook page.

The Richmond Police Department is planning to increase security for the marching band’s visit, Hill said, a decision the department had made prior to the Friday night shooting in anticipation of large crowds.

Correction: This story has been amended to clarify that the shooting Friday night did not occur at the Monterey Pines Apartments, but rather on a residential street near the affordable housing complex.