Teen with gun arrested at Sertoma

Wando fans cheer for their team after a touchdown during the 44th Annual C.T. Lowndes & Company Sertoma Classic Friday at Johnson Hagood Stadium. A 15-year-old was arrested at the event after somebody told a Charleston police officer he had a gun.

A 15-year-old was arrested at the Sertoma Classic Friday night after somebody told an officer he had a gun.

A Charleston police officer was given a description and spotted the teen about 9:20 p.m. at The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium, said department spokesman Charles Francis. The teen took off running up the steps of the Altman Athletic Center when the officer confronted him and threw down the gun, Francis said.

Officers retrieved the gun and handcuffed the teen and took him out of the stadium. His name will be released if he's charged as an adult.

Bishop England and Wando were playing at the time, and the game was not affected.

The Sertoma Classic is an annual high-school football exhibition that raises money for charity.

Sertoma organizers sent out a tweet saying, "We DO NOT condone any behavior like this. Safety is our priority."

Attendees did not have to pass through metal detectors or be patted down, although a number of security personnel were at the event.

Organizers said they have had no other security issues Thursday, the first night of the event, or Friday.

Sertoma will consider beefing up security in light of the arrest, said event spokeswoman Ryan Nelson.

Other high schools playing Friday night were Academic Magnet, Stall, Palmetto Christian, Garrett,

Burke, First Baptist, Pinewood, North Charleston, Northwood and Military Magnet.

David Shelton contributed to this report. Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.