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Richfield High School cancels weekend events after shooting Friday night near football game

In a post on Richfield High School's Facebook page, principal Stacy Theien-Collins said Saturday's soccer games, and the school homecoming dance were canceled.

RICHFIELD, Minn. — Weekend events at Richfield High School were canceled after two men were shot near Friday night's prep football game at Spartan Stadium, prompting school officials to stop the game and evacuate the stadium.

Police say they were alerted by a staff member at Richfield High School around 8:45 p.m. of a group of people that weren't allowed into Friday night's game between Richfield and Bloomington Kennedy. Officials say the group gathered northeast of the football field where a nearby officer reported hearing two shots and numerous people running away from the area.

A livestream posted on Richfield High School's YouTube page captured a chaotic scene inside Spartan Stadium where players and spectators are seen running off the field after the two shots were fired. School officials then evacuated the stadium.

Police say the two men — a 21-year-old and an 18-year-old — were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Authorities say no arrests have been made.

In a post on Richfield High School's Facebook page, principal Stacy Theien-Collins said all weekend activities will be canceled, including boys and girls soccer and the homecoming dance. 

Dear Spartan Families, It is with a heavy heart that I write to you tonight. I am heartbroken by the violence that...

Posted by Richfield High School on Friday, September 23, 2022

"To help ensure student safety and to allow us all a little room to breathe, reflect and heal, we have made the decision to cancel all weekend activities, including boys and girls soccer and the homecoming dance," the post reads. "We will have counselors and social workers on-site this week for any students who were directly or indirectly impacted by these events or who simply wish to process how they are feeling." 

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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