Police make two arrests in Oklahoma City shooting after Thunder game

Two people were arrested Tuesday in a shooting in Bricktown that left eight people wounded following Monday night's game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers.
BY BRYAN DEAN, TIM WILLERT, NOLAN CLAY and ZEKE CAMPFIELD Published: May 23, 2012

A 19-year-old Warr Acres man was arrested Tuesday afternoon in a shooting in Bricktown that left eight people wounded following Monday night's game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Rodney Dewon Hill, 19, was jailed on eight complaints of shooting with intent to kill, records show.

Tuesday night, Avery Meyers, 16, also was jailed on eight complaints of shooting with intent to kill, records show. Police would not discuss his arrest.

The shooting marred an otherwise jubilant scene in downtown Oklahoma City, where a crowd of about 6,000 people watched on a giant screen on the north side of the building in an area known as Thunder Alley as the Thunder clinched a spot in the Western Conference Finals.

“Police are really, really close to wrapping up their investigation,” Hill's attorney, Billy Bock, said after meeting with his client. “He's not the shooter.”

The attorney described Hill as a Lakers fan who also likes the Thunder, but the attorney said the shooting had nothing to do with the game.

“He went down to the game with the shooter,” Bock said. “They were in Thunder Alley. Everything will come out in the next few days. ... It didn't have anything to do with Thunder and Lakers. ... It wasn't a fan-based situation. Some people knew each other from school and some other things and, you know, people get hostile.”

It could not be immediately determined if Meyers had an attorney or what his alleged role was.

Police said one of the eight people shot was in critical condition. The rest had injuries that were not life-threatening.

Also, a pregnant woman was treated and released after she was trampled and kicked in the abdomen during the fracas a few blocks east of the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Reno Avenue.

Five of those shot were minors ranging in age from 13-17. Police did not release their names. The other shooting victims were identified as Norman Richards III, 22, Leibra Gaines, 22, and Twaina Jones, 22.

The woman who was trampled was identified as Destiny Holmes, whose age was not available. Police said the shooting followed an altercation between two groups of people on the street.

Rodney Hill's mother, Regina Hill, said her son went to Thunder Alley to watch the game but didn't shoot anyone.

“He wasn't involved in what was going on,” she said. “He wasn't the person who did it. I don't know exactly what happened down there, but I do know he wasn't the one who shot the people.”

“I just feel people need to stop prejudging and jumping to conclusions. That's what the investigation is for. I'm just disappointed with how everything has went, but it will come out in the wash,” Regina Hill said.

‘People were screaming'

It sounded at first like firecrackers — five bangs from beyond the surge of fans marching slowly to downtown parking garages, hotels and bars following Monday night's Thunder playoff victory.

But seconds later, the crowd surged back and Joe Fairbanks of Norman realized the sounds he heard were not explosions of celebration but of violence.

“We could see people lying on the ground in front of the ballpark,” said Fairbanks, 29. “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.”



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