A triumphant night in Oklahoma City took a horrible turn late on Monday.
In the immediate aftermath of the Thunder’s Game 5 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, multiple reports indicated that multiple people were shot by gunfire about a half-mile east of Chesapeake Energy Arena in a popular area of the city known as “Bricktown.”
Multiple reports early Tuesday morning indicated, citing police sources, that there were eight victims of the gunfire, including one in “critical” condition and seven others in “non-life threatening” condition. Both The Oklahoman and News9.com reported these details.
The Associated Press confirms Tuesday that the victim total was eight with seven gunshot victims and a pregnant woman who was hospitalized after being “assaulted” during the incident. The AP confirms one victim is in “critical” condition while listing the other six gunshot victims and the pregnant woman in “good” condition.
The AP reported early Tuesday morning that the police confirmed two people were arrested in connection with the shootings. Those arrested have not yet been identified by authorities. However, The Oklahoman reports on Tuesday that, contrary to earlier reports, there have been no arrests in connection with the shooting and that no one is custody.
Early Tuesday morning, Thunder center Nazr Mohammed posted the following message on Twitter: “Sad to hear what happened in Bricktown after our game. Hope everyone gets home safely. #CelebrateSafely #ThunderUp.”
The Thunder defeated the Lakers 106-90 on Monday night to advance to the Western Conference Finals. They won the Western Conference semifinals series 4-1.
[via Associated Press]
Video: Here’s on-scene video of the aftermath of the reported shooting following Game 5 between the Lakers and Thunder in Oklahoma City, caught on video by a Thunder fan.