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Police: Vehicle damaged by gun shots outside football game

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Crowd scatters after hearing what sounded like shots fired Crowd scatters after hearing what sounded like shots fired
Several Columbia police officers were outside of Bolden Stadium patrolling the area. Several Columbia police officers were outside of Bolden Stadium patrolling the area.
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

It was chaos inside Charles F. Bolden Stadium Friday.

Fans ran for the exits and C.A. Johnson and Eau Claire players ran from the field.

"You know how when you turn your lights on and the roaches run around?" said Erica Craft. "That's how it seemed."

Screams rang out after the Columbia Police Department said gunshots were fired in the area behind the stadium.

"We were all just sitting there watching the game," said Danisha Shannon. "Johnson had just got a touchdown. Next thing you know, we heard three or four gunshots. Everybody started running toward the concession stands."

The stadium was put on lock down temporarily as multiple police officers combed through nearby neighborhoods.

And the shots continued as WIS heard four more after the game resumed.

"For my life, I ran as fast as I could," Shannon said. "I grabbed my sister, and we ducked on the ground until we could get inside the bathroom."

Jennifer Timmons with the Columbia Police Department said Friday officers found no trace of the shooting. No evidence, no damage and no victims.

Early Saturday, Timmons said dispatch received a call about a car being damaged by gunfire and police found that the car's rear window was shattered.

Five people were inside the vehicle at the time and were not injured, Timmons said. 

The victims told police that they were driving in the 2500 block of Barhamville Road when the car was hit by a bullet, Timmons said.

Officers believe the shooting may have stemmed from an altercation that got several juveniles kicked out of Bolden Stadium.

"Those little cliques and gangs together, you know, this has been going on for a while," Shannon said.

Shannon said she is still upset.

"You know, you got to think about people, because there's people's kids out here, families, and grandparents," Shannon said. "My sister was out here. She has a child to go home to. You know, you have to think about other people. You should save that kind of stuff for at home. You know, don't bring it here where people are at. We're here to enjoy a game. We don't want to lose our life. I think it's sad that we can't get together and just enjoy a game."

A safety plan is in place to patrol that area and others in the city tonight, Timmons said. 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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