Girl killed at high school football game, no arrests made

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Girl killed at high school football game, no arrests made

An 8-year-old girl was fatally shot in the stands at a high school football game in Pennsylvania, authorities said.

Fanta Bility, of Sharon Hill, died at a hospital after being blasted in the chest late Friday as she stood in the stands with her mother and 12-year-old sister as the game between Academy Park and Pennsbury high schools ended, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Two other juveniles, including Fanta’s sister, were also reportedly wounded. Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer called on the public Monday to identify the gunman who opened fire at the game, sending players and fans running for cover, the Inquirer reported Sunday.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with her family and friends at this most difficult time,” Stollsteimer said in a statement. “There is an active and ongoing investigation into the circumstances of her death, led by the detectives of Delaware County’s Criminal Investigative Division.”

Three Sharon Hill cops fired their weapons after the initial gunfire — as up to 200 people were fleeing Academy Park High School, WPVI reported. Authorities have not said if the officers struck anyone, according to the station.

Fanta Bility with her mom.
Fanta Bility was in the stands with her mom and 12-year-old sister, who was also wounded, when the gunman fired on the crowd.
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The “police discharge of weapons” will be part of the probe, Stollsteimer said.

An online fundraiser set up by Bility’s relatives has collected more than $15,000 as of Tuesday.

The girl’s cousin, Mariam Sanoe, told the Inquirer that Fanta enjoyed making TikTok videos and had a flair for fashion.

Fanta Bility.
Fanta Bility had a flair for fashion and “made everybody laugh,” according to her cousin and uncle.
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“She had her own style, and she was very confident,” Sanoe said. “She was funny. She made everybody laugh. Everybody loved her in the community.”

Mohamed Bility, Fanta’s uncle, said he was devastated that youngsters can’t escape the threat of gun violence — even at a school.

“When is the shooting going to stop?” Bility asked. “When are they going to get control of the guns on the streets? Because actually, children cannot go nowhere. When they go to school, they are not safe. When they go to a program on a football field they are not safe, either.”

Jack Stollsteimer.
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer called on the public to help identify the gunman.
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No arrests had been made in the case as of Tuesday, a spokeswoman for Stollsteimer told The Post. Fanta’s 12-year-old sister, who was also wounded, has been treated and released from a hospital, the spokeswoman said, citing media reports.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call investigators at (610) 891-8030.

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