OKLAHOMA CITY -- A late-night fight in Oklahoma City that
escalated into gunfire and left eight people injured -- one
critically -- was not related to the Thunder-Lakers NBA playoff game
that had just ended a few blocks away, police said Tuesday.
Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said no arrests have been made in the
Monday night incident in Oklahoma City's Bricktown entertainment
"All we're hearing from some of the witnesses is there was
pushing and shoving in the area," Nelson said. "Apparently a
group of girls got into it with some guys. It was shortly
thereafter that gunfire erupted."
Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Lara O'Leary
said seven people were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds and
that a pregnant woman was also taken to the hospital after she was
assaulted in the scuffle.
Nelson said one of the shooting victims was in critical
condition Tuesday and seven other people, including the pregnant
woman hurt in the scuffle, were in good condition. He said it
wasn't clear what sparked the shooting about 11:30 p.m. Monday or
if anyone involved had been at the Chesapeake Energy Arena to see
the Oklahoma City eliminate Los Angeles to
advance to the Western Conference finals.
Police are struggling to track down witnesses but are checking
with nearby businesses that may have surveillance cameras that
captured the fight and shooting.
Thunder spokesman Dan Mahoney issued a statement saying the
violence "put a damper on what was otherwise an exciting night for
Oklahoma City and the Thunder."
"We are in communication with the Oklahoma City Police
Department to determine exactly what happened and if there was any
way for it to be prevented," Mahoney said.
He said keeping fans safe is a top priority and the team will
work with the city and police to review security and crowd control
procedures and makes changes as needed.