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Teen involved in Delco football game shooting escapes: report

SHARON HILL, PA – A teenager accused of shooting outside a Delaware County football game in 2021 has escaped from a youth facility and has been served with a warrant. stop.

According to the Delaware County Daily Times, 16-year-old Angelo “AJ” Ford of Sharon Hill had a warrant issued for his arrest on Friday after authorities said he escaped from an Aspire Youth Center between the night of February 24 and the morning. of February 25.

Ford is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and weapons offenses in connection with the August 27, 2021 shooting outside an Academy Park High School football game.

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Ford is accused of shooting 18-year-old Hasein Strand of Collingdale that night. Strand fired back at Ford and later pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for injuring a child bystander during the shooting and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Authorities say their shooting led to three Sharon Hill Borough police officers opening fire, resulting in the shooting death of 8-year-old Fanta Bility.

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Authorities said a witness said he saw Ford on Coates Street just outside the football game after the game.

He was seen brandishing a gun that was inside his belt and was heard threatening other people on the street. This same witness testified that Ford began shooting west toward Ridley Avenue. They also identified a photo of Ford as “AJ” and as the shooter, and said Strand fired back at Ford heading for the football field. The witness also identified a photo of Strand as the individual shooting Ford and stated that Strand had a Taurus 9mm pistol.

A second witness told authorities he spoke with Strand after the shooting. According to the witness, Strand said there was tension inside the football stadium between Ford and Strand’s group of friends. Strand told the witness that Ford showed Strand his gun as they left the stadium. Strand told the witness that he took his brothers to his car and collected his gun before returning to Ford on Coates Street. Strand told the witness that Ford then shot Strand who returned fire.

One of the victims told authorities he was standing at the intersection of Coates Street and Kenny Avenue when he observed a large crowd gathering. The victim said a dark-colored vehicle pulled up to the group near the intersection. He heard gunshots as the vehicle drove towards him and was hit by a bullet in the right side of his body. The victim identified his location at the time he was shot as the sidewalk on the south side of Coates Street at Kenny Avenue.

Five 45 caliber casings were found in front of 909 Coates St. and two 9mm casings in front of 919 Coates St.

Both addresses and casings recovered were located on the south sidewalk of Coates Street between Ridley Avenue and Kenny Avenue. The location of the casings matches the shooting described by the first and second witnesses, Ford standing near 909 Coates Street with a .45 caliber gun and Strand standing near 919 Coates Street with a 9mm gun. The victim’s location and injury matched bullets fired by Strand at the football field.

Anyone with information about Ford’s whereabouts is urged to call the Sharon Hill Police Department at 610-237-6200 or the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division at 610-891-4700.

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