Fairbanks and his brother, Rob Fairbanks, were among several witnesses to the shooting along Reno near Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Fairbanks looked down and saw he was standing on bloodstained concrete. He picked up the slug of a bullet that lay at his feet.
In retrospect, he said, there was a tension in the air as soon as he and his brother stepped outside the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Thousands of ticketholders spilled out of the arena onto streets where thousands more were watching the game. Others were downtown for entirely different reasons.
“There were several groups of people who were yelling at each other, almost getting into fights, and all of them appeared to not have been there for the game,” he said. “None of them were wearing team colors of any sort.”
Fairbanks said police and paramedics arrived before the echo of gunfire stopped ringing his ears.
The victims were not calm, he said. Some were quickly loaded into ambulances and carted away; others it seemed like paramedics worked on them long after the crowd dissipated. Fairbanks said he saw three or four of the shooting victims on the ground.
“One was writhing in pain; the other was extremely still, and they were working on that person quite a while before they put him in the ambulance,” he said.
Fairbanks said he handed over to the police the bullet he found on the ground and was interviewed several times before he and his brother were allowed to go home.
Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said investigators aren’t sure how the altercation began. An affidavit filed Tuesday when police applied for an arrest warrant shows Hill, two other men and a woman got into an argument with several of the victims. One of the men then pulled a gun and started shooting into the crowd.
The affidavit said one of the shooting victims knew Hill and identified him as being involved in the fight. The affidavit did not say whether he was suspected of pulling the trigger.
Hill’s attorney, Bock, would not identify who did the shooting.
Hill was a student at Putnam City North High School and was supposed to have gone through graduation ceremonies Sunday but did not because of a counselor’s mistake, his attorney said. Hill has been attending Putnam City Academy to finish up his credits, the attorney said. A district spokesman confirmed Hill is a student at Putnam City Academy.
This is not Hill’s first brush with the law. He was charged in two felony cases filed earlier this year in Oklahoma County. He was charged March 6 with grand larceny, concealing stolen property and resisting arrest after one of his fellow students reported an iPhone stolen.
According to court documents, the school’s security cameras showed Hill take the phone before passing it to one of his friends.
Hill was charged March 21 with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after a police officer saw him and a friend leave Hill’s house and get into a car that had been reported stolen.