A dispute over a youth soccer game in Lancaster turned deadly on Saturday when a fight escalated into a deadly shootout.
The shooting happened just before 9 p.m. at Lancaster Community Park, said Scott Finley, a city spokesman. Finley identified the alleged shooter as Yaqub Salik Talib – brother of former NFL cornerback Aqib Talib.
The police are still looking for Yaqub Talib.
Several people on social media identified the victim as Mike Hickmon. The Dallas County Coroner’s Office confirmed that a 43-year-old Michael Hickmon died in a hospital Saturday night. A cause of death has not been determined according to the investigative agency.
In a video of the incident shared on social media, a man wearing a shirt that reads “North Dallas United” argues with a referee. A few meters away, the video shows what appears to be a fight, shortly after which several shots can be heard.
In a statement to TMZ, Aqib Talib’s attorney said the former NFL player was present during the shooting and was “very distraught and devastated by this horrific loss of life.”
“He would like to extend his condolences to the family of the victim and to all who witnessed this unfortunate tragedy,” the statement said.
North Dallas United Bobcats owner Tevar Watson said he was aware of the shooting and confirmed the incident was linked to an exhibition game his team was attending.
He said he didn’t know the details of the incident because he was cleaning up another field.
“We don’t condone that, there’s no place for that in youth sport – in any sport,” Watson said.
Watson said he wanted to offer counseling to any children who witnessed or were close to the shooting.
Aqib Talib attended Berkner High School in Richardson before attending the University of Kansas. Drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the 20th pick in the 2008 NFL draft, he also played for the New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, and Denver Broncos, where he was part of a Super Bowl-winning team. In 2020 he retired from football.
On a 2007 Topeka Capital Journal Profil, Aqib Talib said he grew up close with his older brother Yaqub.
“My parents worked a lot and stuff, so my big brother was always kind of the one around the house telling me what to do,” Aqib Talib said. “He saved me from a lot of trouble and kept my head straight.”
Anyone with information on Yaqub Talib’s whereabouts should call Detective Senad Deranjic at 972-218-2756.