Multiple People Trampled After Suspected Shooting At Pennsylvania Sports Complex

Multiple people were reportedly trampled at an indoor sports complex near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on Sunday afternoon over fears of a suspected shooting, according to local news outlets.

Several emergency units, including numerous firefighters and at least three medics were called to the Spooky Nook Sports complex at 2:26 p.m. after a fight prompted a crowd of athletes and spectators to flee the complex, reported Lancaster Online. As a result, several people were reportedly trampled.

Diane Garber, an official with the East Hempfield Township Police Department, said officers were initially dispatched to the sports complex for a report of shots fired. However, Garber told the news outlet Sunday afternoon that there is currently no evidence of a handgun being fired and no gunshot injuries have been reported.

At this time, police believe the alleged fight created fears of a shooting and prompted individuals to exit the complex as quickly as possible, Lancaster Online reported.

Multiple people were reportedly trampled on Sunday at Spooky Nook Sports over fears that there was a suspected shooting. Here, athletes are seen huddling at Spooky Nook Sports on March 31, 2019 in Lancaster, PA.
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An earlier report from Lancaster County-Wide Communications said that at least two people were injured this afternoon. Garber could not specifically confirm how many people had been hurt, but said it is believed to be less than 12, and that the injuries were all non-life threatening. Other news reports have suggested that up to 10 people may have been trampled.

The Lancaster County dispatch told local news stations that the situation is currently “chaotic” and individuals should avoid going to the area. Police have since shut down part of the road outside of the sports complex as investigators continue to process and sweep the building, Lancaster Online reported.

Newsweek has contacted Spooky Nook Sports and the East Hempfield Township Police Department for comment, and will update this story as more information because available.

Several people were tweeting about the incident on Sunday afternoon, and video footage of the alleged shooting was shared online by multiple accounts. In the video, people can be seen watching a basketball game inside of an arena before crowds begin frantically running toward an exit.

Praying that everybody at Spooky Nook is safe,” a girls basketball team tweeted Sunday.

The Spooky Nook sports complex describes itself as the “largest indoor sports complex in the United States, providing regulation courts and playing fields for more than a dozen sports under one roof.”

The complex, which is located on Spooky Nook Rd. in Manheim, PA is a 700,000-square-foot facility that offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor fields and courts for hockey, soccer, football, basketball and more.