Police reported that 8 people were shot Monday night just blocks from the Chesapeake Energy Arena as a capacity crowd exited after the Oklahoma City Thunder finished off the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA's Western Conference Semifinal playoff series, according to CNN.
Authorities are still trying to determine what led to the shootings that occurred at about 11:35 p.m., said Capt. Dexter Nelson of the Oklahoma City Police Department.
One of the victims was in critical condition and 7 suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Nelson said.
Also, a woman was injured when she was punched and kicked in the crowded streets, police said.
Not only was the Chesapeake Energy Arena packed to capacity, but thousands of fans also congregated outside of the arena to watch their team defeat the Lakers on a massive projection screen. As anticipated the Thunder beat the Lakers 106-90 to advance to the Western Conference finals.
"Whenever you get about 8,000 people outside of a venue, we are going to be outnumbered," Nelson told CNN affiliate KOCO. "You can't have enough people down here for that."
Several people had been questioned about the shootings, but no arrests had been made Monday night, Nelson said.
This is not the first time that injuries have ensued in victorious circumstances. For instance, just last April people were injured in the streets of Lexington, Kentucky after the Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Kansas Jayhawks en route to the NCAA basketball national championship.
It is very perplexing how shear excitement and jubilation almost invariably result in violence in the context of professional sports. When alcohol and excitement mix it is a recipe for disaster, as fans often times make rash decisions and riot in celebration of their teams victory.
Police do what they can to curtail these situations, but as Nelson said there is no way possible to account for thousands of fans and prevent violent acts from occurring in their entirety.
Hopefully in the future fans will start to celebrate with a high five or a chest bump and think about the ramifications of their actions before resorting to violence.
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