Crime

Woman arrested, accused of calling gunman in Fort Worth peewee football game shooting

A mother accused of calling her son from a youth football game in Fort Worth before he showed up and began firing rounds toward players and spectators was arrested in Johnson County.

Chanita Nicole Holly, 39, of Fort Worth, is charged with making a terroristic threat, police said. She was arrested around 8:30 p.m. Monday on I-35 in Johnson County, according to the arrest report.

Grandview police made the arrest, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Holly’s son hadn’t been arrested as of Wednesday afternoon, police said, and no other arrests have been made.

Jamee Kneeland, whose nephew was playing in the game, sustained a bullet wound to the leg, and her 12-year-old daughter was also grazed by a bullet.

Before halftime in the 8-year-olds’ game at Eastern Hills High School on Saturday, Kneeland said, she heard people loudly arguing and could make out a woman saying, “We’re gonna spray this (expletive).

Then, about two minutes into the third quarter, a gunman began firing rapid rounds from the top of a hill toward the field below, witnesses said. Kneeland said it seemed like it was as many as 30 rounds in 30 seconds.

Coach Rory Johnson — the president of the Fort Worth Longhorns, one of the teams playing Saturday — said bullets ricocheted off of the metal bleachers and the wire fence.

Some people ran while others ducked for cover, and many adults were picking up children, witnesses said. The kids playing in the game could be seen lying down on the field.

Police said they’re not currently releasing any more information as the investigation carries on.

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Jack Howland is a breaking news and enterprise reporter. Before coming to the Star-Telegram in May 2019, he worked for two and a half years as a breaking news reporter at the Poughkeepsie Journal in New York. He’s a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
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