UPDATE 7:45 a.m. There have been no arrests and no one is in custody Tuesday morning, according to Oklahoma City police Master Sgt. Gary Knight.
Police walk from a shooting scene near Reno Avenue and Mickey Mantle Drive in Bricktown early Tuesday, 22, 2012 in Oklahoma City. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
UPDATE 7:15 a.m. One victim was in critical condition when ambulance crews took patients to hospitals, said Lara O'Leary, Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Tuesday morning. A pregnant woman was either kicked or hit in the abdomen, she said. Seven gunshot victims were found at the scene across several block around Reno Avenue and Mickey Mantle Drive, O'Leary said. There were about 5,000 people out in the area when the gunfire rang out, she estimates.. While one patient was critical late Monday, the other seven were "stable" O'Leary said Tuesday morning.
UPDATE 7:00 a.m. Five patients were taken to OU Medical Center, Lara O'Leary, Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday morning. She said on the scene last night a patient was assaulted. Two of the patients at OU were taken there by ambulance in critical condition.
6:15 a.m An OU Medical Center spokeswoman said she cannot release any conditions or information about shooting patients there Tuesday morning and directed all questions to police.
"Later today our public information office will release a statement," said Heather Dickson, OU Medical Center clinical coordinator. "All patients' information is confidential at this time."
Five of eight victims were taken to OU Medical Center following the shootings.
About 11:35 p.m., shots were reportedly fired on Reno Avenue between Mickey Mantle Drive and Joe Carter Avenue, about three blocks east of Chesapeake Energy Arena.
"Preliminary reports indicate that eight people were shot and one person suffered blunt trauma, and that person was a pregnant woman," Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.
"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," Nelson said.
One person was shot in the back, another in the upper arm and a third in the hand, according to police radio traffic.
The pregnant woman is thought to have been kicked in the melee, Nelson said.
Two suspected shooters were in custody at the Harkins Bricktown Cinemas before midnight, Oklahoma City police Capt. Lisa Camacho said.
Police closed down the area from Mickey Mantle Drive to Lincoln Boulevard and south to the Bricktown Canal.
Between five and seven minutes after leaving the arena, fan Chris Turan, of Oklahoma City, heard six to eight gunshots ring out and ran for cover.
Turan said the atmosphere Monday night was different from other playoffs games he?d attended.
"I thought the element of the spectators changed for the worse tonight. There seemed to be a lot of people out there looking for trouble," Turan said.
Tyler Maxwell and Tasha Bacon, of Oklahoma City, watched the game from Thunder Alley, like they had the other playoff games. When the shots rang out, they were in a parking lot of In the Raw, just west of the shooting scenes.
"After Game 2, we got stuck in traffic for an hour and a half because there was all kind of fighting ... behind Toby Keith's," Maxwell said.
"It's gotten more and more intense every time we're been out here," he said.
"The playoffs are (good) for our city, but they're starting to bring violence. I can't imagine what would happen if this was the NBA Finals," Maxwell said.
"The sad thing is, it's fun. It's a shame stuff like this happens."
"We were walking around and every other person was saying, 'I'm scared.' We come down here all the time and have never seen anything like this," Bacon said.
"It's unfortunate that it happened on a great night for Oklahoma City and the Thunder, but in our society those things happen," Oklahoma City Thunder spokesman Dan Mahoney said.
"It did not happen at the arena, at the game, at Thunder Alley," Mahoney said.
"We'll continue to work with law enforcement to provide a safe environment," he said.
Nelson, of the Oklahoma City police, said: "We had a lot of manpower down here to help with the crowd, but we were outnumbered."
"We had a few skirmishes here and there, and some bumping, but nothing that you wouldn't expect with that many people gathered in one place," he said.
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