WILSON, N.C. (WNCN) – Bullets flew at a ballpark during an All-Star Little League Tournament on Sunday.
The incident was reported just after 10:30 a.m. as an “active shooter” at the J. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex on 3238 Corbett Ave., according to a news release from Wilson police.
Police told CBS 17 it was not an active shooter situation, and no one at the game was intentionally targeted.
They are still searching for the person, or people, responsible.
“Two vehicles were identified as potentially being involved in the incident during the initial investigation. The Wilson Police Department located those vehicles yesterday and spoke to the occupants, who were attendees at the game,” Wilson police said in a release.
No one was injured, but parents were terrified.
In a video sent to CBS 17 from a mother who was livestreaming the game, showed the chaos after shots were fired.
“There’s a live shooting here, there’s a live shooting here,” screamed the woman.
There was panic.
“Parents couldn’t find their kids, kids couldn’t find their parents,” recalled Lindsey Stephenson.
Her son is on the Bull City Little League team that was playing on Field 2 of the complex.
The teams are filled with 7-and 8-year-olds.
Many families tried to run away.
“We ran across the road into the pasture,” the mother who was live-streaming, described.
Bull City Little League Assistant Coach Chris Breslin didn’t even hear the gunshots.
“I didn’t hear bangs, I just heard like whizzes,” he explained. “It seemed like right by my head.” Three in quick succession.”
In another video sent to CBS17, Breslin is seen standing next to a player, and seconds later dropping to the ground.
He army crawled to get on top of the player, shielding him from any more gunfire.
“It was horrific. When I hit the ground, I remember thinking, this is the worst possible thing,” he said. “[The player] was so scared. He kept saying, ‘I don’t want to play baseball. Is the bad man coming? I’m scared… It was terrible.”
Wilson police confirmed three bullets were found.
“They found a bullet in right center field, which is actually the same position my son was playing earlier,” added Breslin.
There was another bullet found in a stowed-away stroller, in the back of a mini-van.
The glass of the van was shattered.
People at the game told CBS 17 they were terrified knowing how vulnerable they were.
“There you are, with all these kids out there…you don’t know where to go. You don’t know where to turn to. You don’t know what to do,” said Missy Rhoads, who was supporting the Rutherford team. “You are on an open field and you’re just sitting ducks.”
“I never thought than an 8-year-olds baseball game is where I thought I’d be risking the life of my husband and son,” added Stephenson. “That thought never crossed my mind until [Sunday].”
Some parents are now concerned whether local police are prepared for something like this to happen in the future.
“I expecting swarms of officers and sheriff’s deputies, and every man they had, coming to the field.You saw one car here, one car there,” added Stephenson.
A few teams, including Bull City, have pulled out of the remainder of the tournament.
The Wilson Police Department is encouraging anyone with information regarding this case to contact the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.