Police Searching for Suspect After a Shooting at a Dallas-Area Youth Football Game Leaves a Man Dead

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By Wire Service
August 15, 2022USshare
Police Searching for Suspect After a Shooting at a Dallas-Area Youth Football Game Leaves a Man Dead
Yaqub Salik Talib in a file photo. (Courtesy of Lancaster Police Department)

Police are searching Monday for a suspect in a weekend shooting that left one man dead at a youth football game in a Dallas suburb.

The suspect in Saturday’s shooting in Lancaster has been identified as Yaqub Salik Talib, police said.

Multiple 911 calls from Lancaster Community Park were received just before 9 p.m., police said. When authorities arrived at the scene, witnesses said the incident began with a disagreement between coaches and the officiating crew, according to a news release from Lancaster police.

“During the disagreement, the opposing coach staff were involved in a physical altercation and one of the individuals involved in the altercation discharged a firearm striking one adult male,” the release said.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. Authorities have not released the victim’s name.

Yaqub Talib’s alleged role in the altercation that preceded the shooting is unclear. There is an active warrant for his arrest, police said.

His brother, Aqib Talib, is a five-time Pro Bowl defensive back who was part of the Denver Broncos team that won Super Bowl L in 2016.

The first-round pick for the Tampa Buccaneers in 2008, Aqib Talib at the time attributed his success, in part, to his brother’s leadership. As kids, the pair split time between their father in New Jersey and their mother in Cleveland, Ohio, and Aqib said Yaqub, who was three grades ahead of his little brother, insisted they move to the football hotbed of Dallas with their mother before high school, according to a story on the draft pick produced by the Buccaneers.

“My brother would always pick me on his team. We would play outside, and I would play with all the older guys and he would pick me on the team first. He was a big influence on me, just playing with an older crowd all the time, so by the time I played with people my age, I was like, ‘I am used to playing with guys older than you.’ He played a real big part in my football career,” the team quoted Aqib Talib as saying.

The future star added, “I don’t know what would have happened if I would’ve stayed (in New Jersey). I don’t know what situation I would have been in, so I’m definitely grateful … that we made that move and went to Texas.”

Aqib Talib retired after the 2019 season, following 12 seasons in the NFL, during which he played for four teams.

Lancaster is a city of almost 41,000 in Dallas County. It’s a roughly 25-minute drive south of downtown Dallas.

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