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Update: Police say OKC shooting not tied to Thunder game; Arrests made

May 22, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

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UPDATE #4, May 23,  11:26 AM: Police have made a second arrest in the case, a 17-year-old minor.

The first arrest was of 19-year-old Rodney Hill. No charges have been filed but both are being held on the complaint of shooting with intent to kill.

UPDATE #3 9:45 PM: Oklahoma City Police have made an arrest in the case. From the AP:

Police say Rodney Hill was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, but no other details have been released. Capt. Dexter Nelson says the shooting didn’t appear connected to the playoff game, which Oklahoma City won to advance to the NBA Western Conference finals.

Basically, it looks like a fight outside a bar escalated and there just happened to be thousands of people around exiting a game. It had nothing to do with the team. Still the Thunder will be under pressure to step up security for future games.

UPDATE #2 5:13 PM: Oklahoma City Police are now saying that the shooting was not related to the Thunder game at all. From the Associated Press:

Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said Tuesday that there have been no arrests in the Monday night shooting. Nelson says witnesses reported seeing a group of females in an altercation with a group of males just before the shooting about 11:30 p.m. Monday.

Men and women fighting? I thought that only happened in New York?

Obviously (even before this report) this was not on the Thunder, this was on people who look for trouble and used this as an excuse. Sadly, it happens everywhere (see: soccer hooligans). That said, the Thunder said they would work with police to up their security for future games, including Thunder Alley where games are shown outside the arena.

UPDATE 8:45 AM: The final tally was eight people injured — seven of them shot and one person was critically wounded, plus a pregnant woman was punched in the abdomen — according to the Oklahoman. There have been no arrests in the case. Yet.

The incident took place just a few blocks from the arena where the game was played. Police estimate there were about 5,000 people in the area when the shooting took place. The area is where a lot of people park or go out after the games. There have been growing crowds — in addition to the packed building about 5,000 people watched the game on a big screen outside the arena, an area called Thunder Alley. The shootings did not take place in the arena or Thunder Alley but did involve the crowd from the game.

It’s unfortunate this kind of thing happens, but it’s not unprecedented. For example, the Lakers used to show playoff games on a projection outside Staples Center when it first opened more than a decade ago (the Shaq/Kobe Lakers era) but stopped after fan violence following a win.

2:27 am: Multiple people have been wounded by gunfire near the Thunder’s arena in downtown Oklahoma City in the wake of the Thunder win over the Los Angeles Lakers. A win that sent them to the Western Conference Finals.

From the Oklahoman:

Multiple people were shot downtown shortly after the Thunder game let out Monday night, police said….

One person was shot in the back, another in the upper arm and a third in the hand, according to police radio traffic. Victims are still turning up to hospitals. The victims’ conditions are not yet known.

Two suspected shooters are in custody at the Bricktown Harkins Theater, Oklahoma City police Capt. Lisa Camacho said.

We don’t have a lot of details yet, we don’t know about the suspects or their motives. That said, there no excuse. It grows frustrating to see every time a team wins — hockey in Vancouver, college basketball in Lexington and the list goes on around the world — there seems to have to be violence afterwards.

PBT will update this as we get more information.

  1. pitolove124 - May 22, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Listen – The Wild Wild West was a movie OKC? Act like you’ve Been there before.

  2. Justin - May 22, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    This is ridiculous. They haven’t even won anything noteworthy yet.

    • brianspider - May 22, 2012 at 2:51 AM

      And if they had, then it’s okay for gunshots and violence? What a ridiculous comment

      • lyndseymarieee - May 22, 2012 at 2:53 AM

        @brianspider you beat me to it. my thoughts exactly.

      • teamobijuan - May 22, 2012 at 10:03 AM

        He was joking, white knight.

      • Justin - May 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM

        Obviously it isn’t okay. I guess it comes off as a snide comment. I was merely stating my worry for if they do win anything big. Riots like this, win or lose, are the dumbest thing that ever happen in sports.

  3. gopokes0714 - May 22, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    Really hope this was not a Lakers fan and it had nothing to do with the Thunder game. Its such a senseless act and hopefully everyone is ok.

    • rosesacl - May 22, 2012 at 3:48 AM

      some shady laker fans showed up with kobe jerseys on and guns in their pockets, got offended by liquored up okc fans and gunned them down… that’s what you are hoping didn’t happen.

  4. rickyspanish - May 22, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    Justin

    Who cares if they haven’t won anything yet? Real people got shot, that’s the point. This stinks, hopefully the shooter(s) are caught and bent over, both in court and jail.

    • Justin - May 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      Seriously half asleep when I wrote that. It was not meant to be that idiotic. I was just realizing a real fear if they advance even further than the western conference finals.

  5. oddte - May 22, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    Guys, I have to think Justin was being satirical. If he wasn’t, its hilariously stupid. Either way, thumbs up from me :)

  6. albie23 - May 22, 2012 at 4:55 AM

    This feels too much like an LA act of violence. People here take their sports too serious! I’m from LA but am a Bulls fan and an Angels fan, who are really from Anaheim so I’m always hearing about how I’m a trader cause I’m not a Laker or Dodger fan! I see this happen way too much and can only hope the victims turn out well and the suspects get prosecuted accordingly!

  7. norvturnersneck - May 22, 2012 at 6:02 AM

    @albie23 Do you mean traitor? If not, are you like Trader Joe’s?

  8. fnc111 - May 22, 2012 at 6:06 AM

    I’m with albie. Some people and it’s not always the illegal immigrant fans that we have, are borderline psycho for teams that pay its players millions while you make $8 an hour. Like chill out some of you. It’s only a game.

  9. therealtrenches - May 22, 2012 at 7:03 AM

    As a Philadelphian I know all about gun violence. We’ve had our share lately (though not at sporting events). It sucks.

    Sending sympathy out to the victims and their families. Entertainment should never wind up like this.

  10. seahawksbmx - May 22, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    Settle down, Cletus.

  11. mungman69 - May 22, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    Thank you, NRA. When we are all allowed to carry guns then we can fight back.

    • drmonkeyarmy - May 22, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      And more innocent people will die. Last thing I want is some hyped up vigilante shooting all willy nilly. That is a recipe for disaster if you ask me.

    • philtration - May 22, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      Guys that are obsessed with guns and big giant cartoon pickup trucks and trying to make up for something else in their life.

      Like having to squat when they urinate.

      • frankvzappa - May 22, 2012 at 9:55 AM

        People who have been brainwashed to disparage some of the only rights they have left make me sick. If everybody had a gun, those morons wouldn’t have gotten two shots off and there wouldn’t be multiple injuries. But yeah, guns are the problem. Let’s outlaw them like Mexico and see how that works out for us. Braindead liberal (communist) jackasses.

      • Kurt Helin - May 23, 2012 at 3:54 AM

        The “if everyone had a gun” argument is idiotic. Most shootings occur because people who can’t control their anger (or don’t care) have access to weapons. There is a legitimate debate about how to keep guns out of these hands without infringing on the people who have guns, are responsible and know how to use/take care of them. But to suggest that the founding fathers pictured a country where everyone could carry around whatever is ignorant of history.

      • seahawks55 - May 22, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        I’m just going to leave this right here. Not going to frame anything and bias any of you. But read the
        facts.

        https://www.justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp#crime

  12. mikejd12 - May 22, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    I hope whoever did this gets put away for a long long time……freakin idiots

  13. lucky5934 - May 22, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    Oh America…. I am so sick and tired of hearing these stories about my own countrymen committing acts of violence and stupidity for absolutely no reason whatsoever. Our Country, albeit one of the best in the world, really shows its backside when stuff like this comes out.

  14. isujames - May 22, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    Disgruntled laker fan upset because this overachieving team will be broken up before the start of ,next season.Oh yea to Kobe,nice try but take it from the thunder basketball is a team sport championship teams win because of a group effort, there is no “I” in team and unlike the earlier years when you had a real big man/mvp to lead you to your back to back to back championship runs and almost likewise with the final two, you didn’t get that contribution the last few years.

    • kerby720 - May 22, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      First off let me preface this by saying I am a Laker fan. I also hate it when Kobe tries to play hero ball and forgets his teammates. That and the fact that his salary alone takes up close to half of the salary cap, thereby rendering the Lakers unable to get a decent bench.

      With that being said, the Thunder are no “team” either. I do like watching them. They have youth, talent, and exciting play. They are however, no a team in the traditional sense of the word. They’re success comes from individual talent and effort from 3 guys. If they were more of a team like you claim, they wouldn’t be ranked last in assists per game.

      We’ll see what happens in the next round. Though I feel like the Spurs are going to win it this year. They have a better bench, are more cohesive as a unit, are the highest scoring team still left in the playoffs, and have a better defense.

    • thraiderskin - May 22, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      That’s pretty cool that you don’t know what you are talking about, but still just throw nonsense out there. I personally would have thought it had something to do with age, coaching/game plannning, but hey, atleast your keyboard works.

  15. lucky5934 - May 22, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    Mungman,

    NRA is not to blame here. Nor is the concept of having people “defend themselves” in a shootout with innocent people around, a sound idea. We need to get guns off the streets. Not add more guns!

  16. xxbomberxx - May 22, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    As if OKC doesn’t have enough shooters… what?… Too soon?

  17. nightrain42 - May 22, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Idiots. You haven’t even made it to the finals yet. Dumb, dumb, dumb

    • lyndseymarieee - May 22, 2012 at 9:52 AM

      So when they do make it to the finals, THEN it’s ok to start spraying bullets? Thank! I’ll keep that in mind.

  18. makeham98 - May 22, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Meanwhile Calcaterra is investigating an unconfirmed report that a nun cut in line at the womens rest room at citizens bank park.

  19. kvanhorn87 - May 22, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    These Philly fans are horrible.

  20. canehouse - May 22, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    It has to be an isolated occurrence… no way possible the Thunder fans would get that unhinged over a series victory that everyone (including my dogs) knew they would win. It just doesn’t make any sense!

  21. mydadyourmom - May 22, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Only in America. Brutal.

  22. frankvzappa - May 22, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Apparently there were some LA fans in the area.

  23. allball23 - May 22, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Crazy how small town folk can’t take success well. you have a great team future dynasty in the making, and you want to have gunfight. Thats NEW YORK is the best place to live!

    • girouxhasladyballs - May 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      It’s unfortunate this kind of thing happens, but it’s not unprecedented. For example, the Lakers used to show playoff games on a projection outside Staples Center when it first opened more than a decade ago (the Shaq/Kobe Lakers era) but stopped after fan violence following a win

      read the article man. word is the shooters were laker fans…

    • lyndseymarieee - May 22, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      Oklahoma City isn’t a “small” town by any stretch of the imagination.

  24. florida727 - May 22, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    This really is the very definition of “senselessness”. I really don’t get it. What goes through a person’s head right before they pull the trigger to shoot someone? Do they really have that little regard for someone else’s life? I like to shoot guns as much as the next guy… at a range, at paper targets, 15-20 yards away… not at another human being.

  25. ezmagic - May 22, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    The shooters where probably wearing laker jerseys. Remember the LA riots? It’s that toxic, polluted air they breath in LA that makes LA citizens crazy n stupid.
    Do you really think OKC fans would shoot at each other after kicking laker ass? I really hope those people are alright.

    • Kurt Helin - May 23, 2012 at 3:51 AM

      I hate that comment, to assume Lakers fans came packing. Turns out it was locals, not Lakers fans.

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