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Man killed in shooting at Pontiac youth soccer event

42-year-old man killed, 49-year-old man grazed by bullet

PONTIAC, Mich. – Oakland County police are looking for two men wanted in a shooting at a youth soccer event in Pontiac Sunday.

The shots were fired into a crowd of people who were sitting in bleachers at Perry Park at around 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Police don't have a solid lead on the shooters. They said all they know is two groups of young men had a disagreement.

What the shooters didn't realize is the people they were after were not at the game, and the people they were shooting were innocent bystanders.

"It's pretty ridiculous," said Undersheriff Mike McCabe, of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. "It's beyond belief, actually. There's no excuse for it."

Police said the shooting started with two groups of young men arguing. One group left and came back in a dark-colored sedan with guns.

"At first, I thought it was firecrackers," said Sonia Rodriguez. "(Then) I saw guns and we ducked down and my back window was shot. I looked and saw this black truck with three Hispanic guys inside."

Rodriguez said she goes to the games every Sunday and she said nothing like this ever happens.

Gilmar Carrillo, 42, of Pontiac, was shot in the neck and killed.

"It was a really scary experience," Rodriguez said. "I mean, the guy who was shot was right in front of us."

A 49-year-old man was grazed by a bullet. Neither man who was shot had had anything to do with the argument, police said.

"We're lucky more people weren't shot, quite frankly," McCabe said. "We recovered several key shell casings from behind the stands."

There were between 300 and 500 people at the game, police said.

"It's insane," Rodriguez said. "There are so many other ways to solve fights than to take innocent people. It's crazy."

Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers. A reward is being offered.


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