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Ocean County Jury Convicts Man for Shooting That Killed 10-Year-Old at Football Game



By: Richard L. Smith

After a five-day jury trial, Alvin Wyatt, 35, of Atlantic City, was convicted of murder on Thursday, July 27, 2023. In addition to the murder, the jury convicted Wyatt of two counts of attempted murder, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, and certain persons not to possess firearms.

Ocean County officials said Wyatt was charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder after firing eight times into the bleachers at a crowded Pleasantville High School football game on November 15, 2019.  

According to Ocean County authorities, One of the bullets struck a 10-year-old spectator, M.T., in the neck while he watched the game with his mother and sister.

Multiple bystanders rendered aid to M.T. until first responders could transport him to the nearest hospital.

After numerous surgeries, M.T. succumbed to his injuries several days after the shooting. Wyatt’s gunfire struck Ibn Abdullah, 31, three times, leaving him permanently confined to a wheelchair.  

Officials said the third victim, then 15-year-old C.G., was struck once in the arm by a bullet. Officers of the Pleasantville Police Department apprehended the defendant as he attempted to flee the scene.

The charges were the result of an investigation conducted by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office’s Major Crimes Unit with assistance from the Pleasantville Police Department, the Atlantic City Police Department, the Absecon Police Department, and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

At trial, the State was represented by Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy and Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Davis.

Sentencing is set for September 11, 2023, before the Honorable Donna Taylor, J.S.C. Wyatt, faces life in prison following his convictions.