FLINT TWP. — A 17-year-old Flint man has been charged with four felonies for bringing a gun to a Carman-Ainsworth High School basketball game Friday.
Elijah James Avery is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, receiving and concealing a stolen firearm, resisting and obstructing police and two counts of felony firearm.
The incident occurred Friday night during halftime of the boys’ varsity basketball game between Carman- Ainsworth and Grand Blanc high schools.
Four uniformed Flint Township Police Department officers were present at the game. One officer spotted Avery in the bleachers with what appeared to be the outline of a gun in the pocket of his hoodie with his hands in the pocket. When police approached him, he ran down the bleachers and across the court, ignoring police officers’ directives to stop. Officers apprehended Avery in a hallway and found the gun. Flint Township Police Chief Kevin Salter said Avery later admitted to police that he was in possession of the gun at the game.
No shots were fired during the incident, and no one was injured. The remainder of the basketball game was canceled, and the gym evacuated.
Carman-Ainsworth Superintendent Eddie Kindle said at a press conference Sunday additional safety measures will be put into effect immediately at all future Carman- Ainsworth sporting events. These measures include using some type of metal-detecting device and a no bags, no purses policy.
Carman-Ainsworth Athletic Director Mary Haslinger said Sunday the game is tentatively rescheduled for Jan. 2 at Carman-Ainsworth High School. She said it has yet to be determined whether the teams will resume with the previous half time score and play only the second half or will have to play a full game. When the game was canceled Friday, Carman-Ainsworth was leading Grand Blanc 37-35.
Avery was arraigned in 67th District Court.