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SARDIS, Miss. (FOX13) -

Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby arrested and charged three men with capital murder in Friday's fatal shooting of 15-year-old North Panola High sophomore Roderick Bobo during a shootout at a football game.

Charged with capital murder are Quintarius Marshad Mabry of Como, Darius Dantae McNeil, also of Como, and Johnathan Jermaine Haynes of Sardis.

Bobo, of Sardis, died at an area hospital after being shot in the chest. Two other people were also shot Friday night in the exchange of gunfire. One victim was shot in the hand while the other victim shot in the leg.

Sheriff Darby said the fatal shooting came at the end of the home football game between North Panola and Rosa Fort between the North Panola High School building and the principal's residence near U.S. Highway 51. The sheriff said deputies interviewed dozens of witnesses to the shooting and looked at three surveillance videos from the school.

The investigation into Bobo's death continues to grow, and the more Sheriff Darby and his deputies they look at it, the more involved it appears to get. The shooting may not have been an isolated incident, but may have been part of a multi-prong gang attack on Sardis.

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What happened at North Panola High School Friday night was described by Northern Mississippi District Attorney John Champion's office as a shootout, with a large number of shots fired.

"They are all charged with capital murder with the subsection that being it occurred on educational property," DA Champion said Monday." I know this is classified as SArdis vs. Como because that is what it is. But we think that this is a gang situation because there were four armed individuals shooting each other."

Bobo may not have been an innocent bystander. Family members say he was a former football player who had dropped out of sports and joined a gang.

DA Champion said there were four people with guns at Friday's game at North Panola High before the gunfight broke out. Three of them are in custody. He wouldn't say if the fourth gunman was Bobo.

"He was an athlete," Sheriff Darby said. "He was getting educated, and then he got off the path on a bad route."

Friday's deadly shootout at North Panola High was possibly tied into another shooting at a Sardis night club earlier in the evening, DA Champion said.

"We are still looking to see if they are connected," he said. "Those two subjects are Jamal Ellison and Joseph Lewis Yancey, charged with aggravated assault."

DA Champion also said those two shootings appear to be tied into a third incident also Friday evening where another man was waving a gun at Greenhill Elementary in Sardis.

"There was a subject located out there with a firearm, brandishing a firearm on the school grounds at Highway 51," DA Champion said. "His name is Cordero Orr. He is also charged with possession of a firearm on educational property."

All five men arrested are between 18 and 30.

Security will be beefed up considerably at future North Panola High home football games in the wake of Friday's deadly exchange.

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