A 13-year-old boy was shot in the shoulder and an 18-year-old man was stabbed Tuesday evening during what was supposed to be a friendly basketball game in Roosevelt Park on Allentown's south side.

Shots were fired about 6:30 p.m. after a fight broke out and a knife appeared on the outdoor basketball court, city police Capt. Bill Reinik said.

"As they were about to go to fisticuffs, about to fight, somebody pulled out a knife and stabbed somebody," he said. "Then as the person is being stabbed, someone else pulls a gun out from a bag, and someone was shot in the shoulder."

Reinik said he was not sure whether the boy who was shot was the one who had the knife. He also did not know what touched off the violence.

"I don't know if someone tripped someone else up or what," he said.

The investigation was not complete.

Neither of the injured appeared to have life-threatening injuries, Reinik said. The boy, who lives in Massachusetts and was visiting friends, had a "through-and-through" graze wound to his shoulder. The 18-year-old, of Allentown, was stabbed in the torso.

The boy was taken by Allentown EMS ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. The man was taken by friends to St. Luke's Hospital-Allentown and then transferred to St. Luke's University Hospital in Fountain Hill.

The shooting happened as the Lighthouse Bible Fellowship Church was holding a summer soccer camp at the park. Leaders of the group said they heard what seemed like two shots, then cut the camp short.

Less than 2 hours after the shooting, adults and children had returned to the park, where they played basketball and other games.

Police collected bullet casings at the basketball court and searched Saucon Street, north of Woodward Street, for other evidence.

Frank Warner