An adult football league has been barred by Sugar Hill officials from using Gary Pirkle Park for its games following a shootout that occurred at a game on Saturday night.
City officials said the league rented a field at the park for a game and a fight broke out around 10 p.m. Gwinnett police said the fight happened at mid-field, which led to the game being cancelled. Tensions then escalated to members of the two teams exchanging gunfire in the parking lot and bathroom areas at the park, according to police.
“Future use of the facilities at Gary Pirkle Park will not be permitted by the league who hosted the event (Saturday) night or other similar adult professional development leagues until such time as a thorough review of policies related to all of our rentals can be completed,” Sugar Hill officials said.
One man sustained a non-life threatening injury to his leg during the incident, according to police. City officials said the man initially refused to be taken to the hospital, but he was later taken to Northside Hospital Gwinnett by family members.
Gwinnett County police have an ongoing investigation into the incident.
“Detectives believe that there were at least a hundred people present at the time of the shooting,” police said in a statement. “Most of those people left the park before police arrived. Investigators believe there are many people with information on this case. They are asking those people to come forward and contact the police department.”
Anyone who has information about the shooting is asked to call detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers, which lets tipsters remain anonymous, at 404-577-8477. They can also visit www.stopcrimeATL.com.
There is a cash reward offered by Crime Stoppers for information that leads to an arrest and indictment in this case. Tipsters should reference case No. 20-064600.