(10-4-21) It was a Friday Homecoming night for Ben Davis High School against Carmel when shots broke out in the middle of the 4th quarter, the Greyhounds who were leading 35-21 would be given the win over the Giants.

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An unidentified 16-year-old boy was shot in the arm by David Tillman (18) outside of the stadium on the west side and was arrested for aggravated battery.

Tillman is presently being housed at the Marion County Jail with multiple charges pending against him.

According to a witness, a fight was broken up inside the stadium just before the shooting. The witness, who was watching the game from outside the stadium, said one person in the fight was apprehended, the other ran through the stands. Reports from different sources say that 6 to 8 shots were fired.

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Wayne Township Schools Superintendent Jeff Butts sent out the tweet below –

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and enjoy a great night of Ben Davis Football. Unfortunately, during the fourth quarter of the Homecoming football game against Carmel last evening, several teenagers engaged in an altercation outside of the football stadium.

During the altercation, a handgun was fired and an individual was struck in the arm. That individual was transported by ambulance, in stable condition, to the hospital. The M.S.D. of Wayne Township Police Officers quickly apprehended the shooter, detained the individual for questioning, and subsequently arrested the shooter.

Several of the individuals involved in the altercation have been identified. At this time, only one of the individuals involved has been identified as a former Wayne Township student. None of the individuals identified are current Wayne Township students.

Several Ben Davis administrators were in the area when the incident occurred and immediately implemented our safety plan. M.S.D of Wayne Township Administrators from several of our schools were on duty and coordinated efforts with the school police and IMPD.

The coaches, athletes, and spectators were ushered to areas of safety while the situation was processed and the scene secured. BDHS and MSD Wayne Township are appreciative of the organized and safe response to this unfortunate situation.

The official school-sponsored Ben Davis homecoming activities scheduled for Saturday will continue as planned. Additional safety measures are being implemented so that the students can have an enjoyable, safe homecoming experience. (I)

f you or someone you know has any information about what occurred outside of the football stadium last night, please contact the IMPD at 317.327.3811.”

No statement from the IHSAA has been issued at this time on the incident.

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Life went on Saturday night at Ben Davis…with the Homecoming Dance