May 21, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; A general view outside of the venue before the Oklahoma City Thunder takes on the Los Angeles Lakers in game five of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE

At Least 8 People Shot Outside Thunder's Arena After Oklahoma City Win

A post-game shooting outside of Chesapeake Energy Arena marred the Oklahoma City Thunder's win over the L.A. Lakers on Monday. There are at least eight victims, according to police.

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Oklahoma City Police Make Arrest In Post Thunder-Lakers Shooting

An arrest has been made following a gunfire incident amidst celebration of the Oklahoma City Thunder's series clinching victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Police say they have arrested 19-year-old Rodney Hill on complaints of shooting with intent to kill after eight people were injured in the city's Bricktown neighborhood, according to the Associated Press.

One of the eight victims remains in critical condition Tuesday night.

The incident occurred as thousands of fans marched from and around the Chesapeake Energy Arena after Monday night's game. While police say the shootings were probably not related to the playoff game, the damage was more severe due to the high volume of people in the area.

Police say additional arrests stemming from the shootings are likely.

Today a spokesman for the Thunder released a statement announcing that the franchise would work with the city to review the current security and crowd-control measures in place, and make any necessary changes to better ensure a safe environment for everyone.


At Least 8 People Shot Following Thunder Game, Police Confirm

A festive atmosphere in downtown Oklahoma City quickly turned violent Monday night when at least eight people were shot minutes after the Thunder defeated the Lakers in Game 5, according to police. Initial reports indicating only three victims proved to be too conservative. Two suspects are in custody.

The shootings occurred in Bricktown, an entertainment district just three blocks from Chesapeake Energy Arena. The streets were full of celebrating fans when the shooting occurred; in addition to the fans leaving the arena, thousands more had gathered to watch the game on a giant LED screen mounted on the side of the arena, part of the "Thunder Alley" block party hosted by the team.

From The Oklahoman:

"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.

The Oklahoman reports that the pregnant woman is believed to have been kicked during the aftermath of the shootings. The team provided the following statement to the newspaper:

"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," he said.

CBS Sports obtained footage of one of the suspects being taken into custody from a Thunder fan via Twitter:


Shootings Near Thunder's Arena Follow Win Over Lakers, According To Reports

The Oklahoma City Thunder's rousing Game 5 elimination of the L.A. Lakers at home was followed by multiple shootings, reports The Oklahoman. Multiple people were shot downtown near Chesapeake Energy Arena shortly after the Thunder ended the series Monday night, according to the newspaper. Two suspected shooters were reportedly in custody. The Oklahoman reports at least three wounded in the shooting, though the severity of any injuries remains unknown.

News9 reports that six shots were fired, and that there are two victims.

The Thunder are Oklahoma City's only major league team. There were no reported incidents when the Thunder advanced to the Western Conference Finals a year ago; OKC won a Game 7 at home to get there in 2011.

The reported site of the shooting is just a five-minute walk from the arena. The TNT broadcast showed the area outside of the arena teeming with Thunder fans watching the game on screens.

Via Eye on Basketball.

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