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New details emerge in shooting death of 8-year-old girl at Academy Park High School football game

6abc Action News
6abc Action News
 2021-09-17

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Community leaders in Delaware County, Pennsylvania are demanding answers and accountability after an 8-year-old girl was killed at a football game last month.

According to multiple law enforcement sources, three Sharon Hill police officers opened fire on a vehicle outside the Academy Park High School football stadium.

The officers mistakenly thought they were being fired upon from the vehicle and discharged their weapon more than a dozen times. No weapon was found after a search of the vehicle and its occupants. Shockingly, no one was hit in the car. Sources say it appears the initial shots were actually fired roughly a block away.

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The family of the 8-year-old girl killed after a football game in Delaware County is still trying to make sense of what happened last Friday night.

In all, four people were shot, among them was 8-year-old Fanta Bility who was fatally wounded. District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer says there is a high probabilit y she was killed by police gunfire.

"This tragedy will not go without consequence or claim or accountability of who is involved, regardless of who is involved," said State Senator Anthony Williams at a press conference Thursday.

Chopper 6 was over the scene after a shooting following a football game at Academy Park High School in Sharon Hill, Pa.

He and the Delaware County Black Caucus want to assure the public that they are involved and watching the investigation closely.

"We have to be able to justify why police officers or others shot into a crowd of Black and brown children," said President of the NAACP Darby Area Branch.

Sources say two of the police officers are white, one is Black. The officers involved have not been named.

Three Sharon Hill police officers mistakenly thought they were being fired upon from the vehicle and discharged their weapons more than a dozen times, sources tell Action News.

On Thursday night, the Sharon Hill Borough Council unanimously voted to appoint former Philadelphia District Attorney Kelley Hodge as special counsel to head an independent investigation.

"I'm here in my best capacity and will apply all of my skills and training," said Hodge, who served as the first female African American district attorney of Philadelphia. "We'll have this borough in mind, as well as what's best moving forward so that the tragedy that did take place hopefully will never happen again."

Sources say Delaware County District Attorney Jack Sollsteimer has made the investigation a top priority as investigators try and track down who fired the initial shots and which officer may have fired the fatal shot.

SEE ALSO: Delaware County DA: 'High probability' that police gunfire killed 8-year-old girl at football game

The Delaware County DA said there is a "high probability" that responsive gunfire from police officers is what killed an 8-year-old girl after a Friday night football game.

The DA's office would not confirm or deny Action News' findings.

The Sharon Hill Police Department did not return our calls.

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Paula O'connor
09-17

Wow. So if they hear a gun shot, just open fire? This was murder. They all need to go to jail and even though it won't bring her back, sue the city and them personally.

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UGotTheWrong1
09-17

The cops better be in shiny bracelets just as they have no problem shooting at the wrong car in a crowd of fans watching the game and killing an innocent little girl. What volumes does this speak when it comes to Sharon Hill police department? Again it goes back to the police being trigger happy and shooting bc they can. If they had their facts straight about the information with which car was actually shooting out of, this little girl would be alive today and my son would be in school. I don’t know why AP high is getting threats? It makes more sense for the ones who shot and killed her to be threatened but these police officers need to be put in jail and justice be served.

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