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December 4, 2013

Lockport athletic director assaulted at high school

LOCKPORT — Police made two arrests Wednesday night after Patrick Burke, the athletic director for the Lockport City School District, was bloodied during a basketball scrimmage.

Burke suffered cuts on his face and wore a blood-spattered white shirt while being interviewed by police in the boys' locker room. He refused to talk about the incident that occurred near the back exit.

"Right now, I'm just giving a statement (to police)," he said.

Burke, who said he was OK as he talked to administrators after the police interview, appeared shaken.

Spectators in the gym were at a loss to explain what happened. Greg Wilson, football and track coach said, "I'm dumbfounded. I can't believe it. He's a great guy."

Lockport police and paramedics arrived at the scene and two suspects were taken away in two patrol cars. Police were booking the suspects after 8 p.m. and did not identify the two men arrested. According to the police radio, the suspects were asked to leave the school several times.

"They don't go here," said one of the Lockport students who rushed out the door.

The boys played a scrimmage prior to the junior varsity girls scrimmage between Williamsville North and Lockport. Early in the girls' game, a group of spectators rushed toward the exit.

One student said, "I was watching the scrimmage when it all started. Everybody was exiting the gym, so I followed. Then I heard Mr. Burke ask some kid to help. So I went to help, too. I held the kid back like 30 seconds. He was still trying to do something. I'm not sure. Then he left."

The sophomore did not know what started the assault. "I came out late just to hold him back because there were kids already holding them back by the time I got out there," the student added. "There were a lot of kids helping and about four holding him back."



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