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Attorney: Coach wanted in shooting at gym was defending self

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An attorney representing a coach accused of firing a gun at another coach during a teenage basketball game in southwest Philadelphia over the weekend says his client acted in self-defense.

Twenty-six-year-old Maurice Tavares, also known as Maurice Robinson, of Chester turned himself in Monday to face aggravated assault charges.

Police said about 70 people were at Christy Recreation Center gym on Saturday at a league game for 14- to 16-year-old olds when Tavares began arguing with a spectator, then fired at the 45-year-old opposing coach when he tried to intervene. No one was injured.

Defense attorney Eugene Tinari said his client fired into the air after being approached by 15 to 20 people - some of whom indicated they were armed - and was just trying to get away safely.

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