Sheriff Confirms Gun Discharged During Atmore High School Basketball Game

November 11, 2023

An investigation is continuing after a gun was discharged Thursday night during a high school basketball game in Atmore.

“On November 9, 2023, Escambia County (AL) Sheriff’s Deputies along with Atmore Police officers responded to a report of a weapon being discharged at Escambia County High School inside the gym during a basketball game,” Sheriff Heath Jackson said. “A preliminary investigation led to the determination that a small group of individuals entered the gym area and that one of the young men was concealing a handgun in his waistband. The firearm fell from the suspects pants and hit the ground causing the gun to discharge. Two people in the group later showed up at area hospitals for treatment for what appeared to be wounds from bullet fragments. This is still an ongoing investigation and will be updated in the future as arrests are made.”

“This is an isolated incident and there doesn’t appear to be any intent to shoot or harm anyone that we have discovered,” Jackson continued.

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10 Responses to “Sheriff Confirms Gun Discharged During Atmore High School Basketball Game”

  1. Tommy Ray Smith on November 16th, 2023 12:36 am

    Typical thug

  2. Mad on November 14th, 2023 9:34 pm

    Well if they continue to slap them on the hand!
    It’s not going to STOP. Nobody gets in trouble for the crime. Someone needs to step in.

  3. Bob on November 13th, 2023 3:49 pm


    The US has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world. Our prisons are already overflowing. Maybe we should take a critical look at our society and address the root causes of crime instead of just continually making prison sentences longer?

  4. Bella on November 12th, 2023 4:05 pm

    This may stir up the situation but is my opinion. I am not here to debate.
    LEO needs backup! They arrest the THUGS and the court system slaps their hand then sends them back on the street. They see there is little to no consequences for their actions so thy go do the same and more next time. Give thugs punishment that will make them think before doing another crime as soon as they are released.
    The Court System needs an overhaul. While we are at it; take a look at the prison system and what goes on inside. That includes all the way down though the half-way houses.
    This has to bee done through our Elected Officials and us as Citizens.
    The next time you get to vote, do not mark mark the box because you recognize the name. Look at their record. If it is poor, vote for one who is for Law And Order

  5. grandmother on November 12th, 2023 2:36 pm

    Atmore used to be a great little town until new laws were put in place. And guess what they were.

  6. Northender Woman on November 12th, 2023 10:15 am

    @22 year vet of USMC, first off thank you for your service to our country. Secondly, I’m very surprised that with your experience, you think guns won’t go off without pulling the trigger. My Makarov is known to fire when dropped and this which is why I don’t carry it even though it’s my favorite. A few years ago the Army’s chosen service pistol had an issue with it. Sig Sauer P320 which a lot of LEO were carrying have issues with that and revolvers, especially some Colts have issues. It depends on the gun how likely this is to happen but it definitely can happen.

  7. 22 Year Vet of USMC on November 11th, 2023 6:36 pm

    Weapons do not “Accidental” discharge,,,,,,,,,,unless the trigger is pulled.

  8. Cavemsn32565 on November 11th, 2023 11:26 am

    Well you go at Atmore you get more

  9. Not again on November 11th, 2023 8:45 am

    Atmore is yet another community becoming an unfit place to raise children.

    When communities have crime rates like this, neighborhoods become fortresses. Property owners will begin to not just fence in their yards, but also wall them off. Windows and doors will be barred and gated, respectively. Attracting business and new residents will become a struggle.

    Given the amount of violent crime, one has to question what Atmore’s future looks like.

  10. sam on November 11th, 2023 8:08 am

    isolated? you have to be kidding. that place is a cess pool.