A man was shot near a youth football game for 7- and 8-year-olds at an Ontario school, police in California say.

A man was shot near a youth football game for 7- and 8-year-olds at an Ontario school, police in California say.

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California police said shots that wounded a man just outside a youth football game in Ontario caused panic in the crowd.

“To everyone scurrying everywhere” Khalia Walk told KNBC. “You had parents jumping through the gates to get their kids onto the field. It was a mess.”

Someone shot a 34-year-old man several times on the sidewalk between the parking lot and the football field at Colony High School at 10:45 a.m., the Los Angeles Times reported. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

The shooting happened during a soccer league game for 7- and 8-year-olds on the field, KNBC reported. The game was first stopped, then canceled, and people were told to leave.

Police said on Twitter that the man was “targeted,” and said there there was no threat community or school.

They don’t know how many people were involved or why the man was shot, police told KABC.

“A lovely morning, and that really screwed up with all this outside commotion, confusion, and it seeps into our community, our neighborhood and really creates a sense of danger,” neighbor Felicia English told KTLA.

Ontario is a city of 175,000 people located approximately 35 miles east of Los Angeles.

Don Sweeney was a newspaper reporter and editor in California for over 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter for The Sacramento Bee since 2016.