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After shootings, officials consider eliminating watch party in Thunder Alley

The Oklahoma City Thunder's watch parties in Thunder Alley may be eliminated after at least eight people were wounded by gunfire Monday night in Bricktown.
By John Rohde Published: May 23, 2012

Cornett said city officials and the Thunder have yet to discuss possible alternatives.

“We need to hear from the team and what direction they would like to head,” Cornett said. “I'm sure we can come up with something that is workable. We have discussed internally several of those options. I'm sure the team has too, but he haven't gotten together to discuss that yet.”

Dan Mahoney, the Thunder's vice president of corporate communications, said in a statement: “We are saddened to hear of the violence following the game last night. It put a damper on what was otherwise an exciting night for Oklahoma City and the Thunder. We are in communication with the Oklahoma City police department to determine exactly what happened and if there was any way for it to be prevented.

“Our top priority always is to make our games and Thunder Alley safe, fun environments for our fans. We will continue to work closely with law enforcement and the city to review security and crowd control procedures and we stand ready to make any necessary changes to ensure safety.”

‘More intense'

Thunder fan Tyler Maxwell of Oklahoma City watched games in Thunder Alley throughout the playoffs, including Monday night.

“It's gotten more and more intense every time we're been out here,” Maxwell said. “The playoffs are (good) for our city, but they're starting to bring violence. I can't imagine what would happen if this was the NBA Finals.”

Tasha Bacon of Oklahoma City watched Monday's game alongside Maxwell.

“We were walking around and every other person was saying, ‘I'm scared,'” Bacon said. “We come down here all the time and have never seen anything like this.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call investigators at 297-1126 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or Crime Stoppers at 235-7300.

“I hope that those individuals that were unfortunately the victims of some terrible behavior after the game that was reported (Monday) night are doing fine, and hope that their recovery will be best,” Ward 7 Councilman Skip Kelly said at Tuesday's city council meeting.

“It's just unfortunate that we have such great things, and then someone creates an atmosphere that causes bodily harm to other citizens. But I think the city of Oklahoma City should be proud of what we've accomplished in reference to the NBA and what is done on a national basis for this state and this city.”

Contributing: Staff Writers Bryan Dean and Michael Kimball

We were walking around and every other person was saying, ‘I'm scared.' We come down here all the time and have never seen anything like this.”

Tasha Bacon

Watched game in Thunder Alley


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