Teen rowing team comes under fire as horrified parents look on

A group of Oakland, Calif., teenagers competing in a regatta found themselves facing what appears to be gunshots as they were in the final stretch.

What’s more, terrified parents were on the scene and witnessed the bullets splashing in the water just fee from the rowers.

The incident took place back on April 20 on the Sacramento River, according to KTVU. There were nine teenagers in the boat, with none of them being injured — at least, physically.

Fred Ackerman, whose 15-year-old son was in the boat at the time of the shooting, was horrified over what was taking place before him.

“I was pretty shocked. I think all of us were. It’s horrifying, to think in this peaceful, green setting, the final push of this race – to see and hear that,” Ackerman told KTVU. “No one saw the shooter. There were dozens and dozens of people, there were boaters and people walking around on the trail. Police don’t know where the shots came from, but they do know it was a gun.”

West Sacramento police are investigating the incident but have no leads. They have not determined where the shots came from, and no one saw the shooters. No firearms were recovered in the area.

The idea of rowers being shot at is certainly not something many parents think about.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story, as seen on the social media platform X:

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