MANTECA, CA (CelebrityAccess) — The Big League Dreams Sport Park in Manteca was forced to evacuate more than 600 player and fans on Sunday, after the stadium was struck by rifle fire.
According to the Manteca Bulletin, the stadium was struck by multiple bullets, with a round breaking a window in the venue's south clubhouse. Fortunately, no one was injured.
Investigators discovered that the bullets appeared to have originated from a home in nearby Modesto, where a man was alleged to be target shooting with what officers described as a "high powered rifle" the Bulletin said.
The individual, identified as 19-year-old Max Moreno, was arrested and faces charges of shooting at an inhabited dwelling and the willful discharge of a firearm in a grossly negligent manner, both of which are felonies. As well, he was charged with with resisting arrest and vandalism damage to property – both misdemeanors.
According to witnesses at the scene, the sound of gunfire took place over the course of several hours before it became apparent that the stadium was in the line of fire. Coaches ordered their teams into the dugouts and stadium employees asked patrons to evacuate from the building via exits opposite the direction of the gunfire, the Bulletin reported.
BLD Manager Roy Fetherolf told the Bulletin that his staff of four managers and 20 employees handled the evacuation appropriately and praised their level-headedness in the face of gunfire.