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8 Shot in OKC After Lakers-Thunder Playoff Game

If you thought violence was only for Lakers fans, you thought wrong.

Fans were sent scrambling last night outside Chesapeake Energy Arena just minutes after the Oklahoma City Thunder knocked the Lakers out of the NBA playoffs. One, possibly two, individuals opened fire on the crowd, wounding eight bystanders.

Police are questioning two individuals, but are still looking for more information about the OKC shooting. Murder charges may need to be filed.

At this juncture, police are still unsure whether the victims or suspects were at the game, according to the Associated Press. Witnesses say that a group of women began arguing with a group of men just before someone whipped out a gun and shot into the crowd. If they were at the game, police don't think the argument had anything to do with basketball.

Nonetheless, the OKC shooting is going to reflect poorly on the Thunder. With most sports-related riots -- Vancouver, Boston, Los Angeles -- the team often bears the brunt of the blame. The public thinks they should be responsible for crazy fans who don't know how to deal with a win or a loss.

Especially when those fans are drunk and it was the arena that served them alcohol.

Though it would be difficult to hold a sports team legally responsible for riots or fan violence, that doesn't mean the Thunder's management won't respond. In light of the OKC shooting, fans will likely see an increased security and police presence after games and on the streets near the arena.

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