One Dead, One Injured In Bellview Ballpark Double Shooting

October 2, 2022

UPDATE: The ECSO is no longer looking for a Nissan Altima, but they are still searching for the suspects.

One person is dead and another was injured after a shooting late Saturday afternoon at the Bellview Ballpark off Longleaf Drive in Escambia County.

A 20-year old male was pronounced deceased at the ballpark, and another adult male was transported to a local hospital.

“There were two males wearing masks that engaged with the individual that right now is deceased. Shots were exchanged,” Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons said. “I would say that there were dozens of shots being fired.”

The ECSO is currently searching for two suspects in a white Nissan Altima. No further details on the suspects were available.

Simmons said this took place between a football field and baseball field.

“There were games going on; there were a number of people present,” Simmons said. “It a very senseless, careless, just a ridiculous act.”There were dozens of gunshots being fired with children nearby, he added.

The sheriff said it is believed that the deceased individual was targeted, but a motive is not known at this time. Simmons said Saturday’s shooting could be linked to shootings as far back as the murder of Ladarius Clardy in July 2021.

The Bellview Athletic Park is located just west of Longleaf Elementary School and Pine Forest High School.

Pictured: Escambia County EMS at the scene of a shooting Saturday at the Bellview Ballpark. exclusive photo, click to enlarge.


13 Responses to “One Dead, One Injured In Bellview Ballpark Double Shooting”

  1. Lyric on October 5th, 2022 7:27 pm

    That was my cuz he was the one who died I miss him -Lyric

  2. from a distance on October 3rd, 2022 2:26 pm

    @ fencejumper: because there are a lot of people out there that know EXACTLY what went on and who shot who and exactly whose car it is and who was wearing a mask. I believe he is asking those people to help out…

  3. Fence Jumper on October 3rd, 2022 1:12 pm

    What is the hidden reason for not releasing any other descriptions of the suspects other than they had mask’s on? Law enforcement is always asking the public for help and complain when the public is not willing to offer up that witness help. I just think by not offering a better description the gang bangers have a better chance of eluding the long arm of the law,

  4. John Bone Jones on October 3rd, 2022 12:19 pm

    @Tara, I was the product of bad (non) parenting. I stopped listening to my mom at a very young age and made some bad decisions, but luckily the gang that I ran around with were considerate and understand the difference between good and evil.

    My single mom worked most of the day and wasn’t there for me as a role model. Don’t blame her for trying to raise a kid on a meager wage with no support structure. She was too proud to take welfare or food stamps so she just worked two jobs. I didn’t appreciate that then, but I do now.

    The friends kids hang out with are the biggest influence on them and sometimes they just get a bad hand- a bad apple can spoil the whole bunch.

  5. tg on October 3rd, 2022 10:12 am

    Tara you are right on you said it all.

  6. Anne on October 2nd, 2022 11:54 am

    Foolishly thought there were cameras at these public places to record events like this one.
    Sketchy description “two males wearinng masks” nothing about height, weight, skin color, hair, clothing…..things that may help someone remember what they saw and help lead to catching these thugs.
    Sad our area has become a shooting range for thugs, gangs, drug dealers.

  7. Tara on October 2nd, 2022 10:40 am

    Absolutely ridiculous! It’s not the over- building that’s the cause it’s the lazy parenting! All of you parents of thugs, it’s YOUR FAULT your kid is driving around shooting people! No respect, no home training, no discipline. Then they grow up to be complete a-holes shooting people at a ballpark where children are all around.
    Whoever these people are that shot this man, I want to see what the parents have to say because this is the product of THEIR UPBRINGING!

  8. tg on October 2nd, 2022 10:34 am

    Sporting events are now dangerous events.

  9. Debbie Bush on October 2nd, 2022 10:25 am

    My parents helped start the Bellview Ball Park back in the 60’s. My brother played football there. The beginning of The Bellview Packers. It is sad it is no longer a safe place for families to enjoy watching children play sports.

  10. Susie on October 2nd, 2022 9:20 am

    The whole scenario is a pitiful display of not caring AT ALL about the people…the children, the families that were nearby. I call that pure evil. Senseless and just pathetic.

  11. Olin Schultz on October 2nd, 2022 8:58 am

    It seems as though the world is revolving and history seems to be repeating itself. People are trying to handle things themself and it’s like the old west again. Trying to handle crime themselves and it’s got to stop! Sheriff Simmons and the men and women of the Sheriffs office have their hands full. We could assume the reason for the targeted killing was gang or drug related but we the readers were not there. There is a family that has lost a love one this morning and I can imagine there could have been a lot more due to the location and amount of gunfire. People, you don’t have a second chance or a oops I am sorry, I should not have done that. I hope and pray for the loved ones of the victim and for the shooter’s family as well. They will loose a loved one also when those cold bars close behind them and they will never know what it’s like to feel freedom again!

  12. DS on October 1st, 2022 10:24 pm

    I’m sad for the 20-year-old who lost his life and for his family and friends and I hope the adult male is able to recover from his injuries in the hospital. I’m thankful more weren’t injured.

    I’ve taken my son to this ballpark many times over the years for baseball games and I never had the impression that it was an unsafe area. I do recall it being dimly lit, which made the drive to the baseball field (located in the very far back of the park) a bit unnerving, but I never ran into any problems nor did I feel uncomfortable otherwise.

  13. J.Larry Seale on October 1st, 2022 9:33 pm

    We didn’t all these problem 20 years ago!!!!!
    Pensacola and Escambia use to be a quit
    little town.
    BUT. thanks to all the over development
    it brough crime to what used to be a quit
    little spot in Northwest Fla………..

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