Everman ISD will induct additional officers at sporting events for the rest of the year
Everman, Texas — Two 18-year-olds have been charged with making terroristic threats after police in Everman, Texas, foiled a possible shooting at a high school homecoming football game last Friday.
The teens were identified Monday by the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office as Brandon Gipson and Isaac Cooper.
The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office said a man received a report around 7 p.m. about an armed man planning to shoot at Friday night’s game. Moments later, Everman police added officers to the game and were able to find and pull over the suspects’ car near the stadium’s front entrance.
Police first detained three people – two 18-year-olds and one 14-year-old – who were in the car. The juvenile was arrested, while the child was released to the parents.
After police originally said the child was 10 years old, the sheriff’s office clarified the child’s age as 14.
In the car, officers said they found a modified AR-15 pistol and a 60-round magazine.
The sheriff’s office said Monday that Gipson and Cooper were charged with carrying weapons to a prohibited location, creating a terroristic threat and endangering a child.
The sheriff’s office said it believed the suspects were targeting certain individuals in the game, but the possible shooting could have involved innocent bystanders.
One of the suspects arrested is an alumnus of Everman High School who graduated last year, officials said.
Further details were not released as the investigation is ongoing.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the incident lasted approximately 43 minutes from the moment police received information about the suspects’ arrest.
Everman ISD will have additional security and police officers at sporting events this year after Friday night’s incident.
“This is very real. It is very unfortunate,” said Superintendent Dr. Felicia Donaldson. “It’s homecoming. We’re all there to have a good time and support the Bulldogs.”
“It’s been nonstop since Friday, constantly busy with questions,” she said. “That’s what we’re going to do whatever it takes to keep everyone safe.”
For the parents, it was a relief that the shooting was put on hold but there were concerns as to what could have happened.
Londa Walker said, “The first thing on my mind was to thank God because we could have been a city today that could cry together.” “I thank God because so many lives were saved.”
Ismail Guajardo said, “This kind of scares me because it’s happening all over the country.”
Police responded to criticism that the 3,000 fans at the stadium had not been informed of the danger and that the game had not been stopped.
“There was no additional threat going on,” Police Chief Craig Spencer said. “The officers were able to face this menace within moments. There was no reason to incite any unnecessary panic in a game of football.”
Donaldson said the district already has metal detectors and a no-bag policy at the Games and believes the additional officials are enough support for future Games.
“The district is doing everything we can to keep everyone safe,” she said.