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Arrest made in post-NBA game shooting that hurt 8

Associated Press Modified: May 22, 2012 at 9:16 pm •  Published: May 22, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City police made an arrest Tuesday in the late-night fight that escalated into gunfire and left eight people injured shortly after the Thunder-Lakers NBA playoff game ended a few blocks away.

Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said 19-year-old Rodney Hill was arrested on complaints of shooting with intent to kill in connection to the Monday night fight in Oklahoma City's Bricktown entertainment district.

Nelson said the shooting didn't appear to be connected to the playoff game, which Oklahoma City won and eliminated Los Angeles to advance to the NBA Western Conference finals

"All we're hearing from some of the witnesses is there was pushing and shoving in the area," Nelson said. "Apparently a group of girls got into it with some guys. It was shortly thereafter that gunfire erupted."

Nelson said he did not know if Hill, who hasn't been formally charged, had retained a lawyer.

A crowd of 18,203 was leaving Chesapeake Energy Arena and an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 more fans were outside when the shooting was reported at 11:35 p.m. Monday.

Officers said earlier than seven people had been shot and a pregnant woman was injured. Police now say eight people were injured by gunfire, including one critically, and the pregnant woman was injured when she was assaulted in the scuffle.

Police said the victims were taken to hospitals, and one was in critical condition Tuesday. Nelson said the others were in good condition.

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