8 wounded in shootings after OK Thunder game

No one has been arrested in shootings after NBA playoff game

OKLAHOMA CITY | May 22, 2012


No one had been arrested in shootings that left eight people wounded, one critically, after an NBA playoff game in Oklahoma City Monday night, officials said.

Lara O'Leary, an Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman, said paramedics and emergency workers picked up victims in a two-block area about three blocks east of Chesapeake Energy Area, The Oklahoman reported.

A pregnant woman also was injured when she was either kicked or hit in the abdomen, O'Leary said.

The shootings occurred just after the Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in a playoff game at the arena and about 5,000 people were in the area when the shots rang out, O'Leary said.

Six of the shooting victims were in good condition at OU Medical Center and one was in critical condition early Tuesday, she said.

The Oklahoman said police radio transmissions indicated one person was shot in the back, another in the upper arm and a third in the hand.

"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.

He noted the shootings did not happen at the arena.

Before the shootings, Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said there had been "a few skirmishes here and there, and some bumping, but nothing that you wouldn't expect with that many people gathered in one place."

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