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Oklahoma basketball shooting leaves 8 injured, 1 critically (VIDEO)


Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts after scoring while fouled against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 21, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


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Eight people were shot Monday night after a game that saw the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Los Angeles Lakers. The shooting occurred outside Cheaspeake Energy Arena in downtown Oklahoma City, the Associated Press reported.

One victim was in critical condition, the other seven escaped with lesser injuries.

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Fans were streaming out of the arena when shots rang out, and "people immediately fell to the ground," wrote Oklahoma City News Channel 6. Despite the scores of witnesses, no suspects have been arrested. "Police said Tuesday the shooting apparently started after a confrontation between a group of men and a group of women in the 200 block of E Reno Ave," wrote The Oklahoman.

A group of women approached a group of men, according to Dexter Nelson, captain of the Oklahoma City Police Department. "At least one guy pulled out a gun and started shooting," he said. "We don't know why it happened," he told Reuters

"We heard at least five bangs," said Joe Fairbanks, a witness to the shooting who first thought he heard firecrackers. After walking closer and seeing victims on the ground, Fairbanks told the paper he "just happened to look down where I was standing and I saw I was standing in splattered blood."