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Charges filed in shooting after Thunder game in Oklahoma City's Bricktown

Avery Myers, 16, faces eight counts of shooting with intent to kill in connection with May 22 incident after Thunder playoff game; suspect charged as youthful offender
BY TIM WILLERT and ZEKE CAMPFIELD Modified: May 29, 2012 at 9:10 pm •  Published: May 29, 2012

The Oklahoma City teenager accused of shooting into a Bricktown crowd after a Thunder playoff game was charged Tuesday with eight counts of shooting with intent to kill.

Avery Eugene Myers, 16, was charged in Oklahoma County District Court as a youthful offender because he is younger than 18.

A judge will determine at a later date whether Myers, if convicted, would be sentenced as an adult or a youthful offender.

If convicted as a youthful offender, Myers could be held in a juvenile treatment facility only until five months after his 18th birthday. However, he also could be ordered to prison if he fails to complete a treatment plan.

It could not be determined whether Myers has an attorney. Oklahoma County Public Defender Robert Ravitz said his office had not been assigned the case as of Tuesday.

Authorities said Myers confessed to the May 21 shootings after being arrested the following day and questioned by detectives.

Victim remains

in hospital

Eight people were hit by gunfire, including Norman Richards II.

Richards remained in critical condition at OU Medical Center, but family members said he is getting better every day. The other gunshot victims escaped serious injury.

Doctors removed his breathing tube Tuesday and Richards, 22, was able to get up and walk around briefly, said his mother, Elonda Quinn-Powell.

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