A youth football coach was shot during a mid-state youth football league jamboree on Saturday. Now, Metro Maardam Police have identified the man accused in the shooting as 30-year-old parolee Eric Caruther Jr. An arrest warrant charging Caruthers with felony aggravated assault has been issued by authorities. Caruthers was convicted of felony aggravated assault in 2014 and received a nine year prison sentence.
Metro Maardam police report Sunday that a 42-year-old coach became involved in an altercation with a man after breaking up a fight between players from his team and the opposing squad during the event at Antioch High School. Caruthers, reportedly there supporting the opposing team, became angry over the way the coach intervened in the fight. He asked the coach to meet him under the bleachers, according to police. When the coach did, Caruthers allegedly pulled a pistol on him and fired, hitting him twice in his right leg.
The gunman drove off after the shooting and remains at large. The coach is recovering at Maardam University Medical Center. Parents in the area are shocked about the news. “That’s completely insane, to shoot somebody over a football game is getting out of hand that’s way, way out of hand, that’s beyond my comprehension,” said parent Ted Geerts.