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.
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Earlier, Wilson tweeted, “Praying for the homie Norman Richards who got shot in the head tonight ... When will people learn how to act.”
10:55 a.m. “I hope that those individuals that were unfortunately the victims of some terrible behavior after the game that was reported last night are doing fine, and hope that their recovery will be best,” Ward 7 Councilman Skip Kelly said during 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.”
8:45 a.m. Six of the victims are in good condition at OU Medical Center. One victim remains in critical condition Tuesday morning, said Lara O'Leary, Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman. Paramedics and emergency workers picked up the victims in a span of a two-block area around Reno Avenue and Mickey Mantle Drive, O'Leary said.
7:45 a.m. There have been no arrests and no one is in custody Tuesday morning, Oklahoma City police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.
7:15 a.m. One victim was in critical condition when ambulance crews took patients to hospitals, said Lara O'Leary, Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Tuesday morning. A pregnant woman was either kicked or hit in the abdomen, she said. Eight gunshot victims were found at the scene across several blocks around Reno Avenue and Mickey Mantle Drive, O'Leary said. There were about 5,000 people out in the area when the gunfire rang out, she estimates. While one patient was in critical condition late Monday, the other seven were “stable” O'Leary said Tuesday morning.
7:05 a.m. Five patients were taken to OU Medical Center, Lara O'Leary, Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday morning. She said on the scene last night a patient was assaulted. Two of the patients at OU were taken there by ambulance in critical condition.
6:15 a.m. An OU Medical Center spokeswoman said she cannot release any conditions or information about shooting patients there Tuesday morning and directed all questions to police.
“Later today, our public information office will release a statement,” said Heather Dickson, OU Medical Center clinical coordinator. “All patients' information is confidential at this time.”
Five of eight victims were taken to OU Medical Center following the shootings.
Midnight: At least eight people were shot downtown shortly after the Thunder game let out Monday night, police said.
About 11:35 p.m., shots were reportedly fired on Reno Avenue between Mickey Mantle Drive and Joe Carter Avenue, about three blocks east of Chesapeake Energy Arena.
“Preliminary reports indicate that eight people were shot and one person suffered blunt trauma, and that person was a pregnant woman,” Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.
“Everything is very, very preliminary. We still don't know the actual number of victims. We believe that one person is critical, and the other injuries are not believed to be life-threatening,” Nelson said.
One person was shot in the back, another in the upper arm and a third in the hand, according to police radio traffic.
The pregnant woman is thought to have been kicked in the melee, Nelson said.
Two suspected shooters were in custody at the Bricktown Harkins Theater before midnight, Oklahoma City police Capt. Lisa Camacho said.
Police closed down the area from Mickey Mantle Drive to Lincoln Boulevard and south to the Bricktown Canal.
Between five and seven minutes after leaving the arena, fan Chris Turan, of Oklahoma City, heard six to eight gunshots ring out and ran for cover.
Turan said the atmosphere Monday night was different from other playoffs games he'd attended.
“I thought the element of the spectators changed for the worse tonight. There seemed to be a lot of people out there looking for trouble,” Turan said.
Tyler Maxwell and Tasha Bacon, of Oklahoma City, watched the game from Thunder Alley, like they had the other playoff games. When the shots rang out, they were in a parking lot just west of the shooting scenes.
“After Game 2, we got stuck in traffic for an hour and a half because there was all kind of fighting ... ” Maxwell said.
“It's gotten more and more intense every time we're been out here,” he 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,” Maxwell said.
“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,” Bacon said.
“It's unfortunate that it happened on a great night for Oklahoma City and the Thunder, but in our society those things happen,” Oklahoma City Thunder spokesman Dan Mahoney said.
“It did not happen at the arena, at the game, at Thunder Alley,” Mahoney said. “We'll continue to work with law enforcement to provide a safe environment.”
Nelson, of the Oklahoma City police, said: “We had a lot of manpower down here to help with the crowd, but we were outnumbered.”
“We had a few skirmishes here and there, and some bumping, but nothing that you wouldn't expect with that many people gathered in one place,” he said.