A celebration surrounding the home arena of the Oklahoma City Thunder was shattered by the sounds of gunfire and screams on Monday night after the team had eliminated the Los Angeles Lakers to advance to the Western Conference Finals.
According to The Oklahoman newspaper, shots rang out around the Chesapeake Energy Arena at approximately 11:35 p.m. CT and at least eight people were wounded by the gunfire near the downtown Oklahoma City venue.
A pregnant woman was reportedly kicked and suffered "blunt trauma" during the incident which occurred near a crowd of 7,500 people who had been watching the game on large screens in an area nicknamed "Thunder Alley."
The shooting victims' conditions were not known, but early reports said one person was shot in the back, another in the upper arm and a third in the hand.
"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," Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter nelson told The Oklahoman.
Two suspects have been taken into custody, said Oklahoma police Capt. Lisa Camacho told the newspaper. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still not known.
The Thunder will go on to face the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.