Oklahoma City Thunder Alley continues, watch parties to end

BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: May 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm •  Published: May 23, 2012
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Thunder Alley will continue, but the parties that brought thousands of people to watch playoff games on the Chesapeake Arena's outdoor video board are over, team officials announced Wednesday.

The decision came after a shooting in Bricktown that followed Monday's game in which the Thunder clinched a spot in the NBA's Western Conference Finals. An estimated 6,000 or more people who didn't have tickets to watch from inside the arena gathered on the north side of the building to watch the game on Reno Avenue.

As many in the crowd migrated east toward Bricktown following the end of the game, shots rang out. Eight people were hit, and a pregnant woman was trampled and kicked in the melee that followed.

Police have arrested two people in connection with the shooting. According to police, two groups of people who had been watching the game started arguing when someone pulled out a gun and started firing into the crowd.

Eight people were shot. One of the victims, a man, was critically injured. The other seven shooting victims had injuries that weren't considered life-threatening. A pregnant woman was treated and released after being trampled and kicked.

City officials said Tuesday they were worried the crowds watching the games outside had gotten two large to control. Team officials said Wednesday the Love's Thunder Alley block party will begin three hours before tipoff and will end when the game starts.

Thunder Alley includes music, games, food and drinks, face painting for kids, merchandise sales and the chance for people to win tickets to the game.



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