Security Increased After Shooting Near Little League Field

  • Print


Updated: Thu, 08 May 2014 11:54:23 EST

Onlookers cheered on ball players Wednesday, but just 24 hours earlier it was a different kind of chaos at the Vine-Ingle Little League fields near Freedom Park in Payne City.

"Immediately everybody was like get down you know that was gunfire, and my husband was like get over here that was a gun," said Sally Hatcher, describing the a shootout near the fields Tuesday that happened as ball players were warming up for their games around 5:30 p.m.

Bibb County deputies found a gun on 21-year-old Travon Ridley who was arrested on an unrelated warrant. A 16-year-old from Macon was also arrested on charges of possession of a firearm by an underage person.

No injuries were reported, but parents say they're still a little on edge.

"I'm very concerned, I mean that could have hit, you know, one of my girls was there," said Kylynn Gabriel who is babysitting a group of children at the game.

"The girls were very scared, it upset them a lot," Hatcher said.

Increased law enforcement was clearly visible at the games Wednesday, and while parents say they're still concerned about safety at the park, there's not much more that can be done.

"Would I like the field to be someplace else? Yes, that would be nice, but right now they can't do it," said Fiona Hall.

"I don't know what the answer is other than build some huge fence around the place," said Hatcher.

What's on WGXA

What's On Now

5:00 PM - WGXA News @ 5pm

What's On Next

6:00 PM - Modern Family


7:30 PM 2014 MLB World Series

What's On Now

5:30 PM - Entertainment Tonight

What's On Next

6:00 PM - WGXA News @ 6


8:00 PM Last Man Standing

8:30 PM Cristela

9:00 PM Shark Tank

10:00 PM 20/20