Shooting stops Mississippi high school football game

JACKSON, Miss. --

A Mississippi high school football game was stopped Friday after a 20-year-old was shot in the knee, police said.

About seven to 10 shots rang out at the beginning of the third quarter of the football game between Newton and Scott Central high schools, which was played at Newton High School, police said. People in the stands began screaming and running from the bleachers and both teams were pulled off the field, police said.

It was determined that Justin Evans, 20, who was in the school parking lot, had been shot in the knee, police said. They said several cars were also struck by bullets.

Evans was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson where he underwent surgery and was recovering on Monday, police said.

The rest of the football game was called off for Friday but resumed on Saturday and was played at Morton High School, officials said. At the time the game was called, Scott Central was leading 16-0. When the second half was played Saturday night, Scott Central they went on to win 37-16 in the district championship game.

School officials said police told them that the shooting was the result of an ongoing disagreement between two men and had nothing to do with the schools or the football game.

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting and anyone with information is asked to call the Newton County Sheriff's Department at 601-765-4401.

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