Jovan Sierra said the buzz around Harrisburg High School continues to be about a brawl after an early dismissal Wednesday. He said lately tensions between races have heated.
"I guess somebody said something about the Puerto Ricans...then the Puerto Ricans got mad. Then it just escalated from there," Sierra said.
Sierra explained a group of African-Americans have been arguing with a group of Latinos since school started. He also said many of the students talked about gunshots being fired during the melee, but police said investigators did not find shell casings, bullet holes, or any evidence that shots were fired.
Tracy Jackson pointed to a video obtained by abc27.
"No, there were shots fired," Jackson said. "If you look at the video...you could hear the shots fired."
A cell phone video taken by a resident of the Magnolia Gardens Apartments from her window on the Rudy Road side shows a mob of students walking down the street. A little more than 10 seconds into the video, two bangs could be heard.
What is for sure in the video is the line of cars damaged from the fight. Witnesses and police tell abc27 students stood on top of cars to watch the fight. At least five cars sustained damage including caved-in roofs, a broken windshield, and dented car hoods.
Jackson said her step-daughter owned one of the cars damaged and wants police to find out who is responsible so they can pay repair costs.
"Find out who exactly jumped on top of these cars," she said. "And, find out and have their parents pay for it."
Until then, police said because the cars were parked on a private street the car owners are responsible for damage.
Jackson remains upset about the car, but is not shocked a fight of this magnitude happened.
"Harrisburg is a violent city," she said. "It's just violence all over Harrisburg...especially Allison Hill area. So, no...it didn't surprise me."
Sierra said tensions seemed to remain inside school. He fears Wednesday's fight was only the beginning of more violence.
"Everything is just going to pop off," he said. "People just want their fair ones I guess. They going to get what they wanted."