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8 hurt in Oklahoma City shooting after NBA playoff

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    Police investigate a scene of shooting with multiple victims near Reno Avenue and Mickey Mantle Drive following the Oklahoma City vs. Los Angeles NBA playoff game early morning, Tuesday, May 22, 2012 in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City police say at least eight people were shot late Monday blocks from Chesapeake Energy Arena after the NBA playoff game between the Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Sarah Phipps) TABLOIDS OUT

OKLAHOMA CITY >> A late night fight that escalated into gunfire and left at least eight people wounded in Oklahoma City as thousands of spectators left an NBA playoff game just a few blocks away was likely not related to the game, police said Tuesday.

Capt. Dexter Nelson said there have been no arrests in the 11:30pm Monday fight in the Bricktown entertainment district.

“All we’re hearing from some of the witnesses is there was pushing and shoving in the area,” Nelson said. “Apparently a group of girls got into it with some guys. It was shortly thereafter that gunfire erupted.”

Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Lara O’Leary said seven people were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds and that a pregnant woman was also taken to the hospital after she was assaulted in the scuffle.

O’Leary said the woman and six of the gunshot victims are in good condition Tuesday morning. One person is in critical condition.

Nelson said it wasn’t clear what sparked the gunfire or if anyone involved had attended the Chesapeake Energy Arena to see Oklahoma City Thunder eliminate the Los Angeles Lakers to advance in the playoffs.

“It doesn’t appear that what happened had anything to do with the game,” he added.

Nelson said police are struggling to track down witnesses but are checking with nearby businesses that may have surveillance cameras that captured the incident.

A spokesman for the Thunder did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment on Tuesday.

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