Oklahoma minor arrested in connection with shooting at high school football game that left 1 dead, 2 injured

"I'm confident that we have the prime suspect in custody."


A 15-year-old unnamed suspect was arrested without incident on Wednesday, in connection with a shooting at a Choctaw High School, Oklahoma football game on August 25 that left one dead and two injured. 

In a press conference, Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson said that with the cooperation of the US Marshals Service and the Choctaw and Oklahoma City police departments, they had arrested the individual, but had not revealed his name due to his age. 

According to News 9, 16-year-old Cordea Carter was identified by the family as the individual killed in the incident. A 15-year-old girl was also shot in the thigh during the shooting and was treated at a local hospital and has since been released. A 42-year-old man was shot in the chest by a Del City police officer working off-duty security for the game and is currently listed in critical condition. 

Johnson said, "The Del City officer did not shoot the 16-year-old... Our investigation shows the Del City officer did shoot a 42-year-old in the chest... The officer perceived some sort of threat." He added, "But it is important to stress we are still very early on in the investigation and comment further on what the officer perceived."

Video of the incident showed with five minutes left in the third quarter of the football game, gunshots could be heard as players from both teams and spectators scrambled to get to safety. 

Choctaw Police Chief Kelly Marshall told reporters that 35 officers responded to the scene. She said after the arrest, "I'm confident that we have the prime suspect in custody," but “There’s a whole lot more of this investigation that needs to be done before any other information comes out."

In a statement after the incident, Superintendents David Redi and Rick Cobb of Choctaw-Nicoma Park Schools and Mid-Del City Schools said, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by tonight’s incident. Both districts are working jointly with the police presence from Choctaw, Del City, and Oklahoma County in an ongoing investigation."

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