Spooky Nook Sports Complex: At least 6 injured after fight causes trampling, authorities say

YORK, Pa. — At least six people were injured after a fight at a sports center about 80 miles outside Philadelphiaprompted a mass incident Sunday afternoon. 

Diane E. Garber, Emergency Services Coordinator for East Hempfield Township, confirmed that less than a dozen people were injured from being trampled after multiple people tried to leave the building in a “chaotic manner.”

East Hempfield Police responded to a call at 2:22 p.m. for reported gunshots at a basketball tournament inside the complex. Police said that a fight broke out during one of the basketball games, and several people reported hearing a gunshot. But no witnesses saw a gun, and there were no victims of gunfire, according to police. 

“Again, no shooting victims; the only injuries that occurred were due to the chaos of hundreds of people leaving the facility,” Garber said. “People quickly helped other people get help, people quickly left the facility, at this point there is no reason for the community to feel any concern.”

East Hempfield PD said six people were transported to hospitals and several others were treated on-scene. The injuries are non-life threatening.

The scene of a police incident at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex on Spooky Nook Road, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in East Hempfield Township. 6 people were transported to local hospitals for injuries sustained while evacuating the building after an initial report of gunfire according to East Hempfield Township Emergency Services Coordinator Diane E. Garber. Police have not yet found evidence of a shooting occurring.

A video posted on Facebook shows basketball players and spectators before people began running toward an exit.

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Though an initial statement from Spooky Nook said two people were injured, East Hempfield PD later said six people were transported to hospitals and several others were treated on-scene. 

The injuries are non-life threatening. Police are asking people to avoid the area. 

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Bender said that when a tournament happens, Spooky Nook’s security team sets up a blockade at the front door, checking every bag and purse that comes in. Spooky Nook also has armed and unarmed security in the building at all times.

Spooky Nook Sports is the largest indoor sports complex in the United States, according to their website. The 700,0000 square foot indoor facility offers more than a dozen sports.

Officials estimated that visitor counts Sunday were in the 6,000 to 8,000 range.  

East Hempfield PD is continuing to investigate the incident and is reviewing video as well as speaking with witnesses.

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