'Are we going to die?' Fun turns to fear when shots fired during little league baseball tournament

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022
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Monday, the Wilson Police Department said their ongoing investigation has revealed no evidence that anyone at the ballpark was intentionally targeted by gunfire.

WILSON, N.C. (WTVD) -- A baseball tournament in Wilson was canceled after reports of gunfire in a nearby parking lot Sunday.

Wilson Police Department responded to calls about an active shooter at Gillette Athletic Complex on Corbett Avenue at around 10:30 a.m. At the time of the call, the baseball tournament was in progress. Upon arrival officers said they spoke to attendees who stated they heard several gunshots.

An unoccupied vehicle that was hit by the gunfire was parked in a nearby parking lot.

Police determined that the incident was not an active shooter but a shots fired in the city limits investigation.

Chris Breslin, an Assistant Coach for the Bull City Little League tells ABC11 he was on the field when the fun turned into fear and bullets started flying passed him.

"I just hear whizzes that felt really close to my head," he said.

Breslin laid on top of one boy shielding him from danger as other parents were scrambling to keep their children safe.

"We were crawling in the dirt and it rained a lot, so kids were face down in inches of water in the dugout crying. The kid I'm lying on top of was saying 'I'm never playing baseball. Are the bad men coming? Are we going to die?'" said Breslin.

Multiple little leagues pulling their kids out of the tournament.

"It was unimaginable trying to bring our kids back," said Breslin. "I can't emphasize enough how awful, how traumatic, how terrorizing it was, and how long all of these families are going to be sorting through the really intense emotions and fear that happened yesterday."

No injuries were reported and the tournament was canceled for the day.

Monday, the Wilson Police Department said their ongoing investigation has revealed no evidence that anyone at the ballpark was intentionally targeted by gunfire. Investigators also confirmed that three shots were fired during the incident. Officers also identified and talked to the occupants of two vehicles that were identified as potentially being involved in the incident and learned they were attendees at the game and not involved.

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.