As a safety precaution after Thursday night’s shooting at a JV football game, Dunbar and Eastern Hills high schools played Friday’s volleyball game at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.
“It’s a venue that is easier to control entry and exit from,” said Clint Bond, spokesman for the Fort Worth school district.
Other nonvarsity contests at Dunbar in east Fort Worth were canceled, Bond said.
Bond said there are plans to move future junior varsity football games between the two high schools to a centralized site such as Scarborough-Handley Field in east Fort Worth.
Saturday’s varsity football game between the rivals will be played as scheduled, at 1 p.m. at Herman Clark Stadium at 5201 Roberson Blvd., next to Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.
On Thursday night, during what Fort Worth police called a gang-related altercation, an unidentified man was shot in a parking lot outside the Dunbar-Eastern Hills JV football game. Additional officers had been assigned to the game because police were tipped that there might be an altercation.
About 12 to 15 shots were heard during the third quarter, and the game was quickly canceled. Eastern Hills students were driven away via school bus.
The man who was shot is believed to be a Dunbar student from about two years ago, Bond said.
Fort Worth police said there is a suspect in the case and declined to release more information Friday.
At Wilkerson-Greines, athletic events typically include security checks at the doors, Bond said. Sometimes metal detectors are used there, and security personnel attend all athletic events.
For example, there was security at Clark Stadium as Wyatt and Western Hills played football Friday night. There was also security at games taking place at Farrington and Handley fields, he said.
“There is security at all our games,” Bond said. “We will make sure people are safe.”
Staff writer Ryan Osborne contributed to this report, which includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.