PITTSBURGH — A youth league football team were left screaming when a man angry that a relative wasn’t getting enough playing time shot their coach during practice.
Cops say Anthony Lamont Hines, Jr. walked up to coach Antoine “Fizzy” Lester during practice on Friday night at a Pittsburgh park and shot him several times in the back and arm. No one else was hit, and Hines fled the scene.
At least 15 players on the East End Raiders between the ages of 7 and 12 were on the field at the time and watched as their coach fell to the ground.
“Bullets don’t have names on them, and there were multiple shots fired here, and through the grace of God, no one else got hit,” Pittsburgh Police Cmdr. Mike Pilyih said, according to KDKA-TV.
Hines was caught on Sunday by U.S. Marshals in nearby Monroeville, Pennsylvania and charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and recklessly endangerment.
Lester was hospitalized for his injuries but was released and back on the field on Tuesday.
“On the field, we want them to be strong,” Lester told WTAE-TV. “In life, we want them to be strong and not let anybody hold you back from doing what you want to do.”
“Bullets hurt. Like, honestly, they hurt,” he said. “But I still made it.”