Miami-Dade County

Miami Central, Carol City football game halted by nearby gunfire

Spectators ran to the exits in the stands and players and coaches were sent ducking for cover when gunshots were heard in the distance during a high school football playoff game Friday night at Traz Powell Stadium in North Miami.

Miami Central and Miami Carol City High Schools were less than three minutes from completing their game when screams were heard coming from the stands and fans began fleeing to the exits.

Coaches yelled and waved frantically for players to get down on the field and players did so. While police rushed to deal with the situation in the crowd, stadium officials called the game with 2:58 remaining in the fourth quarter and cleared the field of any personnel.

“You hate to see anything like that happen, but luckily it seems like no one was hurt,” Central football coach Roland Smith said after the game.

Central beat Carol City 36-8.