Eight-year-old girl killed at high school football game likely shot by police, authorities say

Investigators said on Thursday it was likely police fired the shots that killed an eight-year-old girl outside a high school football game near Philadelphia last week.

The Delaware county district attorney, Jack Stollsteimer, issued preliminary findings in the investigation, in what he said was an attempt to be transparent.

He said investigators had determined shots were fired on the street outside the football stadium, with at least one fired in the direction of three Sharon Hill police officers who were monitoring the crowd as it left the football game.

Stollsteimer said the officers returned fire, probably striking four members of the crowd.

“Tragically, our investigation has now determined that there is a high probability that the responsive gunfire of the Sharon Hill police officers struck four victims, including the shots that killed eight-year-old Fanta Bility and wounded her sister,” Stollsteimer said in a written release.

Stollsteimer said he met Bility’s family on Thursday. He also renewed his call for information on who may have fired the initial shots outside the game and at the officers. No arrests had been made.

Several calls to the Sharon Hill police department were not answered. It was unclear whether the officers who fired their weapons were placed on leave during the investigation.

Officials said the gunfire erupted shortly before 9pm on Friday near the main gate to the football field at Academy Park high school in Sharon Hill, shortly after the conclusion of a game between Pennsbury and Academy Park high schools.

Pennsbury said in a statement none of its players, staff or coaches were injured. The school said players were evacuated safely and met by counselors.