Police in Oklahoma City arrested a 19-year-old man Tuesday in connection with a multiple shooting that left eight people injured following the Thunder playoff win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Police in Oklahoma City arrested a 19-year-old man Tuesday in connection with a shooting that left nine people injured following the Thunder playoff win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Rodney Dewon Hill was arrested on eight complaints of shooting with intent to kill after being identified by one of the victims, The Oklahoman reported.
The shooting, which took place in a downtown area that had been blocked off Monday night for Thunder fans to watch the game on a large screen, left one 22-year-old man fighting for his life.
Norman Michael Richards remained in critical condition after being struck in the back by a bullet as he walked along Thunder Alley, family members confirmed to KOCO-TV on Tuesday.
According to the arrest affidavit, Hill, two other men and a woman were involved in an altercation with several of the victims before one of the men pulled a gun and started firing into the crowd.
Hill was not specifically named as the shooter in the affidavit, according to The Oklahoman.
The seven other shooting victims reportedly sustained non-life-threatening wounds, while police said a ninth victim of the melee, a pregnant woman, suffered blunt trauma after she was punched or kicked.
The incident soured what was otherwise a celebratory night in Oklahoma City after the Thunder booked their spot in the Western Conference finals with a 106-90 win over the Lakers.
Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty told The Oklahoman he and Mayor Mick Cornett had met to discuss whether the city should continue to host game-day festivities on Thunder Alley, located just blocks from Chesapeake Energy Arena.
"We're discussing alternatives to Thunder Alley," Citty said. "You are getting such large crowds that they become uncontrollable."