A charity basketball game at the Boys and Girls Club in Paris over the weekend ended with shots fired.
Shortly before 6 p.m. on Sunday, Paris police were called to the Boys and Girls Club for the incident.
Curtis Garrett with the Paris Police Department said when officers arrived, they were told two individuals had been arguing during the basketball game and had been kicked out of the game.
“The two individuals carried the argument outside,” Garrett said. “Another individual was reported as producing a pistol and shooting it into the air to break up the argument. During the chaos, one person claimed to have a broken arm and another person had an anxiety attack.”
Bryan Glass, Boys and Girls Club board president, said the safety and protection of the children served in the organization is “always our number one priority.
“Boys and Girls Club of Red River Valley is aware of a serious incident that occurred outside one of our locations while the facility was being rented by a third party for an adult basketball tournament,” Glass said. “Thankfully, no members were present in or around the building at the time, however, staff members were on site and responded by contacting law enforcement immediately. We are deeply alarmed and concerned by this incident and are cooperating fully with law enforcement in the investigation of this serious matter.”
He said the organization is committed to high standards of ethical behavior and integrity. He said the board does not tolerate inappropriate or illegal activities of any club staff, volunteer, youth member or visitor.
“All policies are designed to ensure the maximum safety and protection of Club members and staff,” Glass said. “We will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement until their investigation is complete.”
According to Garrett, all subjects involved in the fight fled the scene prior to police arrival.
“No one was injured from the discharging of the pistol and the investigation is ongoing,” Garrett said.