Update: Thunder Alley to close; arrest made in Bricktown shooting following OKC Thunder game
Eight people were wounded by gunfire and a pregnant woman was injured shortly after the Oklahoma City Thunder game Monday night. Police say the shooting started after a confrontation between two groups of people.
5:05 p.m. Mayor Mick Cornett confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Thunder Alley as it has existed will not continue.Cornett said city officials loved the spirit shown by the 6,000 or more people who gathered outside the Chesapeake Energy Arena to watch the game Monday, but the shooting incident afterwards in nearby Bricktown demonstrated the problems with such a setup.
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3:30 p.m. Oklahoma City police said they still are trying to track down all the victims from Monday night's shooting in Bricktown.
Capt. Dexter Nelson said several of the eight people who were injured were treated and released, and detectives have yet to interview them.
Police don't know whether the people involved were part of the crowd in Thunder Alley or were in Bricktown for some other reason.
“We don't have any information that leads us to believe it had anything to do with the game,” Nelson said. “It occurred three blocks away. The only thing the game did is draw a crowd. We've had similar crowds in Bricktown before.”
1:25 p.m. Thunder season-ticketholder Joe Fairbanks, 29, of Norman, said he first thought the gunshots were firecrackers.
“We could see people lying on the ground in front of the ballpark,” Fairbanks said. “People were screaming, there were gunshots, and that's about it — and there were some people laughing like they weren't sure it was serious or not.”
Fairbanks looked down and saw he was standing on bloodstained concrete. He picked up the slug of a bullet that lay at his feet.
Police and paramedics arrived at the scene quickly, he said.
“For some reason I got the sense that the cops had it pretty well under control,” Fairbanks said. “Most people from the game were pretty calm, and a lot of people just stood around watching.”
Some of the shooting victims were taken away quickly by ambulances.
“One ... was extremely still, and they were working on that person quite a while before they put him in the ambulance,” Fairbanks said.
12:35 p.m. Police said Tuesday the shooting apparently started after a confrontation between a group of men and a group of women in the 200 block of E Reno Ave.
Capt. Dexter Nelson said police haven't interviewed all the victims yet and don't know if they were in the same group or if those hit were involved in the altercation or were just bystanders caught in the crossfire.
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.
11:45 a.m. “We're very disappointed. I think the entire city was excited about the basketball win, and to see the results that took place on the streets a little bit later I think put a cloud over the entire evening,” Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said Tuesday. “We're trying to figure out now what to do to try and diminish the chances that it might happen again.”
11:20 a.m. Julian Wilson, a University of Oklahoma football player, said on Twitter the shooting victim who had been in critical condition is Norman Michael Richards, 22. In a tweet before noon Wilson wrote, “Just got some good news! He's going to make it. God is good!”