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MEDIA, Pa. (CBS) – A 16-year-old was charged with his role in the death of 8-year-old Fanta Bility during a football game at Academy Park high school last summer, announced Wednesday the Delaware County Attorney’s Office. . Angelo “AJ” Ford, of Sharon Hill, was arrested on several counts, including first degree murder, in the fatal shooting that took place on August 27th.
Hasein Strand, 18, of Collingdale, is also indicted and is currently wanted by law enforcement.
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The prosecutor’s office says the charges against Ford and Strand are based on information obtained by detectives.
A witness told investigators observed Ford on Coates Street just outside the football game at the end of the game. He allegedly brandished a gun that was inside his belt and was heard threatening other people in the street.
Ford started shooting west towards Ridley Avenue and the witness said Strand shot back at Ford towards the football field. The witness identified Strand in a photo as the person who fired back at Ford.
Another witness reportedly spoke to Strand after the shooting and said Strand said there had been tensions inside the football stadium between Ford and the Strand group of friends. Authorities say Strand told the witness that Ford started showing him his gun as he left the stadium and took his brother’s vehicle to retrieve his gun before returning to Coates Street where Ford was located.
It was then that Ford apparently fired shots and Strand fired back.
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Uniformed Sharon Hill police officers who watched spectators exit the football field at the end of the game were about 140 feet from a victim who was shot on the south sidewalk of Coates Street.
Officers immediately unloaded their guns upon hearing the shots fired by Ford and Strand. Four other victims were shot and wounded after being struck by police gunfire while standing on the ramp inside the football field near Coates Street. Eight-year-old Fanta Bility was one of those victims.
She was rushed to a local hospital by police, but succumbed to her injuries. Two of the other victims sustained abrasions and one was shot in the foot.
Twenty-one 9mm cartridge cases were recovered on site.
âThe murder of Fanta Bility was a tragedy not only for her family, but for the entire Delaware County community. Today’s arrests start the criminal process for those who sparked the deadly events of August 27 by shooting to kill in a high school football game, âStollsteimer said. âNonetheless, the pursuit of justice for Fanta demands that my office continue its full review of the actions of all parties involved in the tragic chain of events. On November 18, a grand jury of Delaware County residents will be seated to consider the entire case to determine whether the police use of lethal force was justified.
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Ford is in custody and will be transferred to George W. Hill Correctional Facility following his arraignment. He will be held without bail.