OKLAHOMA CITY — Gwen Atkinson had a hunch chaos might erupt downtown Monday night.
She said, “It started off fine but when the crowds got bigger, I thought there might be trouble so I left.”
Shortly after the Thunder victory, shots rang out several blocks away in Bricktown.
Police said it was the last straw in an already “out of control” evening.
The crowd outside Chesapeake Energy Arena had grown to several thousand.
There was trash everywhere and police tell us they broke up at least 30 fights before the shooting.
Thunder player Kevin Durant said, “Anytime you have violence, it’s a bad thing. All I can do is pray for the victims.”
Love’s Thunder Alley will continue the pregame tradition; live music, food and fun will usher fans into the arena.
However, in the wake of recent violence, Thunder officials have decided to stop broadcasting the games on the outside video board.
Thunder Spokesman Dan Mahoney said, “The video board was never intended exclusively as a TV. It is being used to display Thunder, arena and sponsor messages.”
Thunder Alley will be open three hours before the next playoff game.
The OKC Thunder take on the San Antonio Spurs next Thursday at the “Peake.”